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

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by Amanda Patterson

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