Writing Advice From The World's Most Famous Authors

Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors

Writers Write is a resource for writers. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of writing advice from the world’s most famous authors.

Over the years, we have featured many posts on the advice famous writers give. We’ve enjoyed collecting them and writing about them.

And now, links to these pearls of wisdom are available in one bumper post.

Scroll through the list to read what literary icons like William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway have had to say about writing.

Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors

  1. 5 Bestselling Storytelling Lessons From Jackie Collins
  2. 5 Things Beatrix Potter Can Teach You About Writing
  3. 5 Tips For Writing Vivid Fiction From Edgar Allan Poe
  4. 6 Lessons From Jane Austen’s Novels – On Love, Life & Writing
  5. 6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing
  6. 6 Writing Tips From Bernard Cornwell
  7. 7 Invaluable Lessons For Writers From James Patterson
  8. 7 Tips From Famous Writers On Getting Started
  9. 7 Writing Tips From Roald Dahl
  10. 10 Elementary Tips For Writers From Sherlock Holmes
  11. 10 Things William Faulkner Had To Say About Writing
  12. 10 Tips For Writers From Douglas Adams
  13. 10 Tips To Help Writers Stretch Their Fiction From Chris Bohjalian
  14. 10 Writing Tips From Paulo Coelho
  15. 10 Writing Tips From Virginia Woolf
  16. 13 Writing Lessons From Stephen King’s On Writing
  17. 13 Writing Tips From Chuck Palahniuk
  18. 15 Authors On The Best Writing Advice They Received
  19. 17 Things You Probably Never Knew About Arthur Conan Doyle
  20. 20 Writing Tips from Terry McMillan
  21. 27  Gems On Writing From Ernest Hemingway
  22. A.L. Kennedy’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  23. All About Cinderella – Kurt Vonnegut Explains The Shapes Of Stories
  24. Analysing Agatha – How To Become The Best-Selling Novelist Of All Time
  25. Andrew Motion’s 10 Rules For Writers
  26. Anne Enright’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  27. Anne Lamott On Life And Writing
  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. Don Delillo’s Writing Guide
  39. Dorothy Parker: On Writing
  40. Dr Seuss On Writing
  41. e.e. cummings – on being nobody-but-yourself
  42. E.B. White On Writing
  43. Elmore Leonard’s 11 Rules For Writing Fiction
  44. Esther Freud’s Seven Rules For Writing
  45. Geoff Dyer’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  46. George Orwell’s 6 Questions And 6 Rules For Writing
  47. Hang on to Hope – A Letter by E.B. White
  48. Helen Dunmore’s 9 Rules For Writing Fiction
  49. Henry Miller’s 11 Writing Commandments
  50. Hilary Mantel’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  51. How Did Jane Austen Learn To Write?
  52. How Ernest Hemingway Changed The Writing Landscape
  53. How To Become A Writer – The Easy Way – by Neil Gaiman
  54. Ian Rankin’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  55. Jaime Lowe’s 8 Rules For Writing Memoirs
  56. Janet Evanovich’s 12 Tips For Writing A Query Letter
  57. Janet Fitch’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  58. Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Rules for Writing
  59. Jeffrey Archer’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  60. Joe Eszterhas’s 10 Golden Rules of Screenwriting
  61. John Grisham’s 8 Do’s And Don’ts For Popular Fiction
  62. John Irving: On Writing
  63. Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  64. Joy Williams’ 8 Essential Attributes Of The Short Story
  65. Joyce Carol Oates’ 7 Rules For Writing
  66. Kerouac’s 30 Rules for Writing
  67. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Writing Tips (& A Letter Of Advice For The Future)
  68. Kurt Vonnegut On Making Your Soul Grow
  69. Making Time To Write: 4 Tips From Janet Evanovich
  70. Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  71. Martin Amis’s 16 Rules For Writers
  72. Mary Karr’s Memoir Checklist To Stave Off Dread
  73. Maya Angelou’s Writing Process
  74. Michael Moorcock’s 10 Rules for Writers
  75. Michael Morpurgo’s 10 Rules For Writers
  76. Neil Gaiman – On Making Good Art
  77. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules For Writing
  78. Nietzsche’s 10 Rules For Writers
  79. On Writing: David Ogilvy
  80. Orson Scott Card On Building An Audience
  81. P.D. James – On Writing
  82. Philip Pullman: On Writer’s Block
  83. Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules
  84. Proust’s Questionnaire – 35 Questions Every Character Should Answer
  85. Richard Ford’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  86. Robert A. Heinlein’s 5 Rules For Writers
  87. Roddy Doyle’s 10 Rules For Writers
  88. Rose Tremain’s 10 Rules for Writers
  89. Sarah Waters’ 10 Rules For Writers
  90. Sebastian Faulks On Finding Excuses Not To Write
  91. Stan Lee: 6 Superhero Writing Tips
  92. Stephen King’s Muse Is A Basement Kind Of A Guy
  93. Sue Monk Kidd’s 10 Most Helpful Writing Tips
  94. The Fascinating Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors
  95. The Man With The Golden Pen — 5 Writing Secrets From Ian Fleming
  96. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers
  97. V.S. Naipaul’s 7 Rules For Beginner Writers
  98. Why Charles Dickens Was The Original Self-Published Success Story
  99. Will Self’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  100. William Goldman’s 10 Commandments On Writing
  101. Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

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by Amanda Patterson

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