Writing Trivia

Sarah Waters’ 10 Rules For Writers

Sarah Waters is an award-winning, bestselling Welsh novelist who was born 21 July 1966. She is best known for her novels set in Victorian society. Her novels are Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith, The Night Watch, The Little Stranger, and The Paying Guests, which was shortlisted…

Robert A. Heinlein’s 5 Rules For Writers

Robert A. Heinlein was an American science fiction writer. He was known as one of the 'Big Three' of science fiction writing, along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Known as the 'dean of science fiction writers', his often controversial works strongly influenced the science-fiction…

Hilary Mantel’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

Hilary Mantel is an award-winning English author whose work includes personal memoirs, short stories, and historical fiction. The two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her best-selling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, was born 6 July 1952. Mantel was the…

9 Famous Authors’ Pen Names

Today, many authors keep their surnames to identify their works. However, back in the day, most writers not only chose, but felt it a necessity to write under a pen name for various different reasons. Famous female writers like The Brontë sisters and even J.K.…

9 Literary Terms You Need To Know

We need to know the basics of literature when we read and write. Literature includes fiction, memoir, drama, and poetry. We use certain terms to describe the structure of literary works. We have to know these terms if we are studying literary works or writing…

Joyce Carol Oates’ 7 Rules For Writing

Joyce Carol Oates (born 16 June 1938) is an American writer. She published her first book in 1962 and has since published many novels, plays, novellas, short stories, poetry, and works of nonfiction. Her awards include the National Book Award for her novel Them, two…

Geoff Dyer’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

Geoff Dyer is a British author. He was born 5 June 1958. His published work includes four novels and several books of non-fiction, which have won a number of literary awards. He is currently living in Los Angeles where he is Writer in Residence at USC. He…
Dashiel Hammett’s 24 Rules For Detective Writers

Dashiel Hammett’s 24 Rules For Detective Writers

Dashiell Hammett (born 27 May 1894, died 10 January 1961) was an American author who was famous for his hard-boiled detective novels, short stories, and screenplays. Hammett is regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time and his works of fiction include…

Ian Rankin’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

Ian Rankin is a Scottish author. Born on 28 April 1960, he is one of the UK’s most popular crime writers and his best-selling Rebus books, which started with Knots and Crosses, have been translated into 22 languages. He has won four Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards,…
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