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Writing Tips From Authors
For new writers, these tips can be essential to growing and developing your writing. I have compiled a list of my top 10 writing tips from published authors.
- “Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” – Zadie Smith
- “Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea forever.” – Will Self
- “The first draft of everything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway
- “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” – George Orwell
- “Read it aloud to yourself because that’s the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought out—they can be got right only by ear).” – Diana Athill
- “In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.” – Rose Tremain
- “Be your own editor/critic. Sympathetic but merciless!” – Joyce Carol Oates
- “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time — or the tools — to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King
- “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration”. – Ernest Hemingway
- “Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously.” – Lev Grossman
The biggest thing to remember you will try and fail many times before your first major hit. Even then those stories were not failures after all. You were just developing your inner writer. The greats all got rejection letters and harsh criticism in their careers just imagine if they would have stopped writing because a few people didn’t like a particular story. What great works would humanity of missed out on?
Remember we have a free New Authors Writing Guide available for download