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

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by Amanda Patterson

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