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. Dashiel Hammett’s 24 Rules For Detective Writers
  32. Dennis Lehane’s 10 Rules For Writers
  33. Dorothy Parker: On Writing
  34. Dr Seuss On Writing
  35. e.e. cummings – on being nobody-but-yourself
  36. Elmore Leonard’s 11 Rules For Writing Fiction
  37. Esther Freud’s Seven Rules For Writing
  38. Geoff Dyer’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  39. George Orwell’s 6 Questions And 6 Rules For Writing
  40. Hang on to Hope – A Letter by E.B. White
  41. Helen Dunmore’s Nine Writing Tips
  42. Henry Miller’s 11 Writing Commandments
  43. Hilary Mantel’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  44. How Did Jane Austen Learn To Write?
  45. How Ernest Hemingway Changed The Writing Landscape
  46. How To Become A Writer – The Easy Way – by Neil Gaiman
  47. Ian Rankin’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  48. Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Rules for Writing
  49. Jeffrey Archer’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  50. John Grisham’s 8 Do’s And Don’ts For Popular Fiction
  51. John Irving: On Writing
  52. Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  53. Joyce Carol Oates’ 7 Rules For Writing
  54. Kerouac’s 30 Rules for Writing
  55. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Writing Tips (& A Letter Of Advice For The Future)
  56. Making Time To Write: 4 Tips From Janet Evanovich
  57. Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction 
  58. Mary Karr’s Memoir Checklist To Stave Off Dread
  59. Maya Angelou’s Writing Process
  60. Michael Moorcock’s 10 Rules for Writers
  61. Michael Morpurgo’s 10 Rules For Writers
  62. My Top 12 F.Scott Fitzgerald Quotes On Writing
  63. Neil Gaiman – On Making Good Art
  64. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules For Writing
  65. Nietzsche’s 10 Rules For Writers
  66. On Writing: David Ogilvy
  67. On Writing: E.B. White
  68. P.D. James – On Writing
  69. Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules
  70. Proust’s Questionnaire – 35 Questions Every Character Should Answer
  71. Richard Ford’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  72. Robert A. Heinlein’s 5 Rules For Writers
  73. Roddy Doyle’s 10 Rules For Writers
  74. Rose Tremain’s 10 Rules for Writers
  75. Sarah Waters’ 10 Rules For Writers
  76. The Fascinating Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors
  77. The Man With The Golden Pen — 5 Writing Secrets From Ian Fleming
  78. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers
  79. V.S. Naipaul’s 7 Rules For Beginner Writers
  80. Why Charles Dickens Was The Original Self-Published Success Story
  81. Will Self’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  82. William Goldman’s 10 Commandments On Writing
  83. Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

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by Amanda Patterson

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