Writing Advice From The World's Most Famous Authors

Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors


Writers Write is a resource for writers. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of writing advice from the world’s most famous authors.

Over the years, we have featured many posts on the advice famous writers give. We’ve enjoyed collecting them and writing about them.

And now, links to these pearls of wisdom are available in one bumper post.

Scroll through the list to read what literary icons like William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway have had to say about writing.

Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors

  1. Agatha Christie – Analysing The Best-Selling Novelist Of All Time
  2. A.L. Kennedy’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  3. Alfred Hitchcock: 6 Things Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing
  4. Andrew Motion‘s 10 Rules For Writers
  5. Anne Enright‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  6. Anne Lamott On Life And Writing
  7. Annie Proulx’s 5 Rules For Good Writing
  8. Anton Chekhov’s 8 Criteria That Define Civilised People
  9. Bernard Cornwell: 6 Writing Tips
  10. Beatrix Potter: 5 Things Beatrix Potter Can Teach You About Writing
  11. C. S. Lewis’s 5 Rules For Writers
  12. Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s 10 Captivating Quotes About Books
  13. Charles Dickens – The Original Self-Published Success Story
  14. Cheryl Strayed’s Advice For Beginner Writers
  15. Chris Bohjalian: 10 Tips To Help Writers Stretch Their Fiction
  16. Chuck Palahniuk: 13 Writing Tips
  17. Colm Tóibín’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  18. Cornelia Funke’s Top 10 Tips For Writing Ghost Stories
  19. Dashiel Hammett’s 24 Rules For Detective Writers
  20. David Ogilvy: Tips On Writing
  21. Dennis Lehane’s 10 Rules For Writers
  22. Don Delillo’s Writing Guide
  23. Dorothy Parker: On Writing
  24. Douglas Adams: 10 Tips For Writers
  25. Dr Seuss On Writing
  26. e.e. cummings – on being nobody-but-yourself
  27. E.B. White: Hang On To Hope
  28. E.B. White On Writing
  29. Edgar Allan Poe: 5 Tips For Writing Vivid Fiction
  30. Elmore Leonard’s 11 Rules For Writing Fiction
  31. Ernest Hemingway: 27  Gems On Writing
  32. Ernest Hemingway: How He Changed The Writing Landscape
  33. Ernest Hemingway To F. Scott Fitzgerald: Writing Advice Between Friends
  34. Esther Freud’s Seven Rules For Writing
  35. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 7 Tips For Writing Fiction
  36. Geoff Dyer‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  37. George Orwell’s 6 Questions And 6 Rules For Writing
  38. Graham Greene’s Writing Process
  39. Haruki Murakami On Writing
  40. Helen Dunmore’s 9 Rules For Writing Fiction
  41. Henry Miller’s 11 Writing Commandments
  42. Hilary Mantel‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  43. Ian Fleming: 5 Writing Secrets
  44. Ian Rankin’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  45. Jackie Collins: 5 Bestselling Storytelling Lessons
  46. Jaime Lowe’s 8 Rules For Writing Memoirs
  47. James Patterson: 7 Invaluable Lessons For Writers
  48. Jane Austen: 6 Lessons On Love, Life & Writing
  49. Jane Austen: How Did She Learn To Write?
  50. Janet Evanovich’s 12 Tips For Writing A Query Letter
  51. Janet Evanovich: Making Time To Write: 4 Tips
  52. Janet Fitch’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  53. Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Rules for Writing
  54. Jeffrey Archer’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  55. Joe Eszterhas’s 10 Golden Rules of Screenwriting
  56. John Grisham’s 8 Do’s And Don’ts For Popular Fiction
  57. John Irving: On Writing
  58. Jonathan Franzen‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  59. Joseph Finder’s 8 Tips For Writers
  60. Joy Williams’ 8 Essential Attributes Of The Short Story
  61. Joyce Carol Oates’ 7 Rules For Writing
  62. Jack Kerouac’s 30 Rules for Writing
  63. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Writing Tips (& A Letter Of Advice For The Future)
  64. Kurt Vonnegut Explains The Shapes Of Stories
  65. Kurt Vonnegut On Making Your Soul Grow
  66. Laini Taylor: 5 Really Useful Writing Tips
  67. Margaret Atwood‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  68. Marisha Pessl Answers 5 Questions On Writing
  69. Martin Amis’s 16 Rules For Writers
  70. Mary Karr’s Memoir Checklist To Stave Off Dread
  71. Maya Angelou’s Writing Process
  72. Michael Moorcock’s 10 Rules for Writers
  73. Michael Morpurgo’s 10 Rules For Writers
  74. Neil Gaiman: How To Become A Writer – The Easy Way
  75. Neil Gaiman – On Making Good Art
  76. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules For Writers
  77. Nietzsche’s 10 Rules For Writers
  78. Orson Scott Card On Building An Audience
  79. P.D. James – On Writing
  80. Paulo Coelho: 10 Writing Tips
  81. Philip Pullman: On Writer’s Block
  82. Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules
  83. Proust’s Questionnaire – 35 Questions Every Character Should Answer
  84. Richard Ford‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  85. Roald Dahl: 7 Writing Tips
  86. Robert A. Heinlein’s 5 Rules For Writers
  87. Roddy Doyle’s 10 Rules For Writers
  88. Rose Tremain’s 10 Rules for Writers
  89. Sarah Waters‘ 10 Rules For Writers
  90. Sebastian Faulks On Finding Excuses Not To Write
  91. Stan Lee: 6 Superhero Writing Tips
  92. Stephen King: 13 Writing Lessons From On Writing
  93. Stephen King’s Muse Is A Basement Kind Of A Guy
  94. Sue Monk Kidd’s 10 Most Helpful Writing Tips
  95. Tamora Pierce On How To Deal With Writer’s Block
  96. Terry McMillan: 20 Writing Tips
  97. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers
  98. V.S. Naipaul’s 7 Rules For Beginner Writers
  99. Virginia Woolf: 10 Writing Tips
  100. Walt Disney: 7 Tips For Writers
  101. Will Self‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  102. William Faulkner: 10 Things He Had To Say About Writing
  103. William Goldman‘s 10 Commandments On Writing
  104. William Safire’s 33 Fumblerules Of Grammar
  105. Zadie Smith‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

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  1. 7 Tips From Famous Writers On Getting Started
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  5. The Fascinating Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors

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by Amanda Patterson

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