Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors


Over the years, Writers Write has featured many posts about the advice famous writers give.

Links to all of these pearls of wisdom are now available in one bumper post. Scroll through the list and enjoy the words of literary icons like William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway.

Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors

  1. 6 Superhero Writing Tips From Stan Lee
  2. 10 Elementary Tips For Writers From Sherlock Holmes
  3. 10 Things William Faulkner Had To Say About Writing
  4. 10 Tips For Writers From Douglas Adams
  5. 10 Tips To Help Writers Stretch Their Fiction From Chris Bohjalian
  6. 10 Writing Tips From Paulo Coelho
  7. 10 Writing Tips From Virginia Woolf
  8. 13 Writing Lessons From Stephen King’s On Writing
  9. 13 Writing Tips From Chuck Palahniuk
  10. 15 Authors On The Best Writing Advice They Received
  11. 17 Things You Probably Never Knew About Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. 20 Writing Tips from Terry McMillan
  13. 27  Gems From Hemingway On Writing
  14. 5 Bestselling Storytelling Lessons From Jackie Collins
  15. 5 Things Beatrix Potter Can Teach You About Writing
  16. 5 Tips For Writing Vivid Fiction From Edgar Allan Poe
  17. 6 Lessons From Jane Austen’s Novels – On Love, Life & Writing
  18. 6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing
  19. 7 Invaluable Lessons For Writers From James Patterson
  20. 7 Tips From Famous Writers On Getting Started
  21. 7 Writing Tips From Roald Dahl
  22. A.L. Kennedy’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  23. All About Cinderella – Kurt Vonnegut Explains The Shapes Of Stories
  24. Analysing Agatha – How To Become The Best-Selling Novelist Of All Time
  25. Andrew Motion’s 10 Rules For Writers
  26. Anne Enright’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  27. Annie Proulx’s 5 Rules For Good Writing
  28. Anton Chekhov’s 8 Criteria That Define Civilised People
  29. Between Friends: Writing Advice From Hemingway To Fitzgerald
  30. C. S. Lewis’s 5 Rules For Writers
  31. Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s 10 Captivating Quotes About Books
  32. Cheryl Strayed’s Advice For Beginner Writers
  33. Colm Tóibín’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  34. Cornelia Funke’s Top 10 Tips For Writing Ghost Stories
  35. Dashiel Hammett’s 24 Rules For Detective Writers
  36. Dennis Lehane’s 10 Rules For Writers
  37. Dorothy Parker: On Writing
  38. Dr Seuss On Writing
  39. e.e. cummings – on being nobody-but-yourself
  40. Elmore Leonard’s 11 Rules For Writing Fiction
  41. Esther Freud’s Seven Rules For Writing
  42. Geoff Dyer’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  43. George Orwell’s 6 Questions And 6 Rules For Writing
  44. Hang on to Hope – A Letter by E.B. White
  45. Helen Dunmore’s 9 Rules For Writing Fiction
  46. Henry Miller’s 11 Writing Commandments
  47. Hilary Mantel’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  48. How Did Jane Austen Learn To Write?
  49. How Ernest Hemingway Changed The Writing Landscape
  50. How To Become A Writer – The Easy Way – by Neil Gaiman
  51. Ian Rankin’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  52. Jaime Lowe’s 8 Rules For Writing Memoirs
  53. Janet Fitch’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  54. Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Rules for Writing
  55. Jeffrey Archer’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  56. Joe Eszterhas’s 10 Golden Rules of Screenwriting
  57. John Grisham’s 8 Do’s And Don’ts For Popular Fiction
  58. John Irving: On Writing
  59. Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  60. Joyce Carol Oates’ 7 Rules For Writing
  61. Kerouac’s 30 Rules for Writing
  62. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Writing Tips (& A Letter Of Advice For The Future)
  63. Kurt Vonnegut On Making Your Soul Grow
  64. Making Time To Write: 4 Tips From Janet Evanovich
  65. Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction 
  66. Mary Karr’s Memoir Checklist To Stave Off Dread
  67. Maya Angelou’s Writing Process
  68. Michael Moorcock’s 10 Rules for Writers
  69. Michael Morpurgo’s 10 Rules For Writers
  70. My Top 12 F.Scott Fitzgerald Quotes On Writing
  71. Neil Gaiman – On Making Good Art
  72. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules For Writing
  73. Nietzsche’s 10 Rules For Writers
  74. On Writing: David Ogilvy
  75. On Writing: E.B. White
  76. P.D. James – On Writing
  77. Philip Pullman: On Writer’s Block
  78. Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules
  79. Proust’s Questionnaire – 35 Questions Every Character Should Answer
  80. Richard Ford’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  81. Robert A. Heinlein’s 5 Rules For Writers
  82. Roddy Doyle’s 10 Rules For Writers
  83. Rose Tremain’s 10 Rules for Writers
  84. Sarah Waters’ 10 Rules For Writers
  85. The Fascinating Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors
  86. The Man With The Golden Pen — 5 Writing Secrets From Ian Fleming
  87. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers
  88. V.S. Naipaul’s 7 Rules For Beginner Writers
  89. Why Charles Dickens Was The Original Self-Published Success Story
  90. Will Self’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  91. William Goldman’s 10 Commandments On Writing
  92. Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

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by Amanda Patterson

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