11 writing advice from 11 great writers

1. Learn to Love Being Alone

Write what you know: your own interests, feelings, beliefs, friends, family, and even pets will be your raw materials when you start writing. Develop a fondness for solitude if you can, because writing is one of the loneliest professions in the world!”

– J.K. Rowling

2. Don’t Write for Everyone

Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

3. Make It Funny

“If you can tell a serious story funny, you’re winning.”

– Aaron Sorkin

4. Always Be Writing

“Write regularly, whether you feel like writing or not, and whether you think what you’re writing is any good or not.”

– Anne Lamott

5. Avoid Chasing a Theme

“If I’ve ever had a theme in mind, I mean, usually that’s just the worst. Then you feel yourself writing. And there’s nothing worse than that feeling of, kind of, chasing after a theme.”

– Paul Thomas Anderson

6. Observe Constantly

“Read, observe, listen intensely, as if your life depended upon it.”

– Joyce Carol Oates

7. Stop Writing Before You Get Stuck

“The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. That is the most valuable thing I can tell you so try to remember it.”

– Ernest Hemingway

8. Make Your First Sentence a Good One

What’s so hard about that first sentence is that you’re stuck with it. Everything else is going to flow out of that sentence. And by the time you’ve laid down the first two sentences, your options are all gone.”

– Joan Didion

9. Tell the Truth

A writer should have this little voice inside of you saying, ‘Tell the truth. Reveal a few secrets here.’”

– Quentin Tarantino

10. Use the Right Words

“I find that by putting things in writing I can understand them and see them a little more objectively…For words are merely tools and if you use the right ones you can actually put even your life in order, if you don’t lie to yourself and use the wrong words.”

– Hunter S. Thompson

11. It Shouldn’t Sound Like Writing

“If it sounds like writing, rewrite it.”

– Elmore Leonard

If you have a great writing advice or your favorite writer has a writing advice you live by comment below!


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