Who is more qualified to talk about writing than some of the world’s most beloved authors? Here is some writing advice from the greats, along with some (hopefully) inspirational photos of their writing spaces.
Elmore Leonard is one of many authors who doles out writing advice:
- “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
- “You have to listen to your characters.”
- “Try to get a rhythm.”
- “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them.”
I’ve written about Stephen King before, but he always has great words of wisdom, such as:
- “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
- “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
- “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
Virginia Woolf had much to say on the subject:
- “How can you learn to write if you write only about one single person?”
- “…in literature it is necessary to have some means of bridging the gulf between… the writer and his unknown reader.”
- “‘The proper stuff of fiction’ does not exist; everything is the proper stuff of fiction, every feeling, every thought; every quality of brain and spirit is drawn upon, no perception comes amiss.”
- “For heaven’s sake, publish nothing before you are thirty.”
What is your favorite piece of writing advice? From which author would you most want to take writing advice?