Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors


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

I’ve put all of these pearls of wisdom together in one bumper post. Enjoy.

  1. 6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing
  2. How To Become A Writer – The Easy Way – by Neil Gaiman
  3. 7 Tips From Famous Writers On Getting Started
  4. George Orwell’s 6 Questions And 6 Rules For Writing
  5. 5 Tips For Writing Vivid Fiction From Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Elmore Leonard’s 11 Rules For Writing Fiction
  7. Making Time To Write: 4 Tips From Janet Evanovich
  8. All About Cinderella – Kurt Vonnegut Explains The Shapes Of Stories
  9. e.e. cummings – on being nobody-but-yourself
  10. 7 Writing Tips From Roald Dahl
  11. Hang on to Hope – A Letter by E.B. White
  12. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Writing Tips (& A Letter Of Advice For The Future)
  13. 10 Elementary Tips For Writers From Sherlock Holmes
  14. Anton Chekhov’s 8 Criteria That Define Civilised People
  15. 6 Lessons From Jane Austen’s Novels – On Love, Life & Writing
  16. On Writing: E.B. White
  17. 17 Things You Probably Never Knew About Arthur Conan Doyle
  18. Kerouac’s 30 Rules for Writing
  19. 7 Invaluable Lessons For Writers From James Patterson
  20. Analysing Agatha – How To Become The Best-Selling Novelist Of All Time
  21. 5 Bestselling Storytelling Lessons From Jackie Collins
  22. The Man With The Golden Pen — 5 Writing Secrets From Ian Fleming
  23. Neil Gaiman On Making Good Art
  24. Dorothy Parker: On Writing
  25. Dr Seuss On Writing
  26. Between Friends: Writing Advice From Hemingway To Fitzgerald
  27. 13 Writing Lessons From Stephen King’s On Writing
  28. Proust’s Questionnaire – 35 Questions Every Character Should Answer
  29. How Ernest Hemingway Changed The Writing Landscape
  30. 10 Captivating Carlos Ruiz Zafón Quotes About Books
  31. How Did Jane Austen Learn To Write?
  32. 13 Writing Tips From Chuck Palahniuk
  33. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers
  34. 20 Writing Tips from Terry McMillan
  35. The Fascinating Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors
  36. On Writing: David Ogilvy
  37. Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules
  38. 15 Authors On The Best Writing Advice They Received
  39. John Irving: On Writing
  40. 27  Gems From Hemingway On Writing
  41. 5 Things Beatrix Potter Can Teach You About Writing
  42. Joyce Carol Oates’s Writing Advice
  43. Between Friends: Writing Advice From Hemingway To Fitzgerald
  44. Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction 
  45. P.D. James – On Writing
  46. Ian Rankin’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  47. Hilary Mantel’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  48. Michael Moorcock’s 10 Rules for Writers
  49. Esther Freud’s Seven Rules For Writing
  50. Michael Morpurgo’s 10 Rules For Writers
  51. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules For Writing
  52. Andrew Motion’s 10 Rules For Writers
  53. Annie Proulx – Five Techniques For Good Craftsmanship
  54. Will Self’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  55. Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  56. Colm Tóibín’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  57. A.L. Kennedy’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  58. Rose Tremain’s 10 Rules for Writers
  59. Richard Ford’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  60. Sarah Waters’ 10 Rules For Writers
  61. Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  62. Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Rules for Writing
  63. Roddy Doyle’s 10 Rules For Writers
  64. Helen Dunmore’s Nine Writing Tips
  65. Geoff Dyer’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  66. Anne Enright’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  67. My Top 12 F.Scott Fitzgerald Quotes On Writing
  68. Mary Karr’s Memoir Checklist To Stave Off Dread
  69. 10 Tips To Help Writers Stretch Their Fiction From Chris Bohjalian
  70. 10 Writing Tips From Paulo Coelho

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by Amanda Patterson

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