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

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by Amanda Patterson

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