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

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by Amanda Patterson

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