Writing Trivia

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,…

A Field Guide To Procrastinators

Writers are experts at procrastinating. Mia Botha even wrote a lovely post for us called: Writer’s Block and the Fine Art of Procrastination Twenty Pixels created this guide to procrastinators. Which one are you? Source: Twenty Pixels If you enjoyed this, read these posts: How To…

A Timeline Of Language

Guest Post Writers know the important role that language plays in our everyday lives, but have you ever wondered – where did it all begin? With so many different languages around the world, plus ancient languages which are now long gone, and new languages still…

Jeffrey Archer’s Top 10 Writing Tips

Jeffrey Archer (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician. His books, starting with Kane and Abel have been published in 97 countries and in more than 33 languages. Jeffrey Archer is a firmly established bestselling novelist, with international sales passing 330 million…

Maya Angelou’s Writing Process

Maya Angelou was an American author and poet who published six autobiographies, five books of essays, and several books of poetry. She was born 4 April 1928, and died 28 May 2014. Her career spanned more than 50 years and she received many awards and more than 30…

Kerouac’s 30 Rules for Writing

Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. Kerouac (born 12 March 1922, died 21 October 1969) is a literary icon and a pioneer of the Beat Generation. All of his books are still in print including the classic On the Road. Other writers were always asking…
10 Tips For Writers From Douglas Adams

10 Tips For Writers From Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams (born 11 March 1952, died 11 May 2001) was an English writer, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Dirk Gently series. His Hitchhiker 'trilogy' of five books sold more than 15 million…
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