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. 6 Writing Tips From Bernard Cornwell
  20. 7 Invaluable Lessons For Writers From James Patterson
  21. 7 Tips From Famous Writers On Getting Started
  22. 7 Writing Tips From Roald Dahl
  23. A.L. Kennedy’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  24. All About Cinderella – Kurt Vonnegut Explains The Shapes Of Stories
  25. Analysing Agatha – How To Become The Best-Selling Novelist Of All Time
  26. Andrew Motion’s 10 Rules For Writers
  27. Anne Enright’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  28. Annie Proulx’s 5 Rules For Good Writing
  29. Anton Chekhov’s 8 Criteria That Define Civilised People
  30. Between Friends: Writing Advice From Hemingway To Fitzgerald
  31. C. S. Lewis’s 5 Rules For Writers
  32. Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s 10 Captivating Quotes About Books
  33. Cheryl Strayed’s Advice For Beginner Writers
  34. Colm Tóibín’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  35. Cornelia Funke’s Top 10 Tips For Writing Ghost Stories
  36. Dashiel Hammett’s 24 Rules For Detective Writers
  37. Dennis Lehane’s 10 Rules For Writers
  38. Dorothy Parker: On Writing
  39. Dr Seuss On Writing
  40. e.e. cummings – on being nobody-but-yourself
  41. Elmore Leonard’s 11 Rules For Writing Fiction
  42. Esther Freud’s Seven Rules For Writing
  43. Geoff Dyer’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  44. George Orwell’s 6 Questions And 6 Rules For Writing
  45. Hang on to Hope – A Letter by E.B. White
  46. Helen Dunmore’s 9 Rules For Writing Fiction
  47. Henry Miller’s 11 Writing Commandments
  48. Hilary Mantel’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  49. How Did Jane Austen Learn To Write?
  50. How Ernest Hemingway Changed The Writing Landscape
  51. How To Become A Writer – The Easy Way – by Neil Gaiman
  52. Ian Rankin’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  53. Jaime Lowe’s 8 Rules For Writing Memoirs
  54. Janet Fitch’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  55. Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Rules for Writing
  56. Jeffrey Archer’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  57. Joe Eszterhas’s 10 Golden Rules of Screenwriting
  58. John Grisham’s 8 Do’s And Don’ts For Popular Fiction
  59. John Irving: On Writing
  60. Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  61. Joy Williams’ 8 Essential Attributes Of The Short Story
  62. Joyce Carol Oates’ 7 Rules For Writing
  63. Kerouac’s 30 Rules for Writing
  64. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Writing Tips (& A Letter Of Advice For The Future)
  65. Kurt Vonnegut On Making Your Soul Grow
  66. Making Time To Write: 4 Tips From Janet Evanovich
  67. Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction 
  68. Mary Karr’s Memoir Checklist To Stave Off Dread
  69. Maya Angelou’s Writing Process
  70. Michael Moorcock’s 10 Rules for Writers
  71. Michael Morpurgo’s 10 Rules For Writers
  72. My Top 12 F.Scott Fitzgerald Quotes On Writing
  73. Neil Gaiman – On Making Good Art
  74. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules For Writing
  75. Nietzsche’s 10 Rules For Writers
  76. On Writing: David Ogilvy
  77. On Writing: E.B. White
  78. P.D. James – On Writing
  79. Philip Pullman: On Writer’s Block
  80. Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules
  81. Proust’s Questionnaire – 35 Questions Every Character Should Answer
  82. Richard Ford’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  83. Robert A. Heinlein’s 5 Rules For Writers
  84. Roddy Doyle’s 10 Rules For Writers
  85. Rose Tremain’s 10 Rules for Writers
  86. Sarah Waters’ 10 Rules For Writers
  87. The Fascinating Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors
  88. The Man With The Golden Pen — 5 Writing Secrets From Ian Fleming
  89. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers
  90. V.S. Naipaul’s 7 Rules For Beginner Writers
  91. Why Charles Dickens Was The Original Self-Published Success Story
  92. Will Self’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  93. William Goldman’s 10 Commandments On Writing
  94. Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

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by Amanda Patterson

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