Advice For Writers Quotes

Quotes tagged as "advice-for-writers" (showing 1-30 of 49)
Leo Tolstoy
“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
Leo Tolstoy, Essays, Letters and Miscellanies

Leo X. Robertson
“The lesson here is not to take Camus to the beach.”
Leo X. Robertson

Roman Payne
“I ran across an excerpt today (in English translation) of some dialogue/narration from the modern popular writer, Paulo Coelho in his book: Aleph.(Note: bracketed text is mine.)... 'I spoke to three scholars,' [the character says 'at last.'] ...two of them said that, after death, the [sic (misprint, fault of the publisher)] just go to Paradise. The third one, though, told me to consult some verses from the Koran. [end quote]' ...I can see that he's excited. [narrator]' ...Now I have many positive things to say about Coelho: He is respectable, inspiring as a man, a truth-seeker, and an appealing writer; but one should hesitate to call him a 'literary' writer based on this quote. A 'literary' author knows that a character's excitement should be 'shown' in his or her dialogue and not in the narrator's commentary on it. Advice for Coelho: Remove the 'I can see that he's excited' sentence and show his excitement in the phrasing of his quote.(Now, in defense of Coelho, I am firmly of the opinion, having myself written plenty of prose that is flawed, that a novelist should be forgiven for slipping here and there.)Lastly, it appears that a belief in reincarnation is of great interest to Mr. Coelho ... Just think! He is a man who has achieved, (as Leonard Cohen would call it), 'a remote human possibility.' He has won lots of fame and tons of money. And yet, how his preoccupation with reincarnation—none other than an interest in being born again as somebody else—suggests that he is not happy!”
Roman Payne

Kailin Gow
“How many times have an author come to me to say that I had told them so? Many. Choose to listen to or not the advice gained from experience and wisdom at your own peril. You might save yourself a lot of time and grief. - Strong by Kailin Gow on Being Strong for the Long Tail”
Kailin Gow

Anne Lamott
“Toni Morrison said, "The function of freedom is to free someone else," and if you are no longer wracked or in bondage to a person or a way of life, tell your story. Risk freeing someone else. Not everyone will be glad that you did. Members of your family and other critics may wish you had kept your secrets. Oh, well, what are you going to do? Get it all down. Let it pour out of you and onto the page. Write an incredibly shitty, self-indulgent, whiny, mewling first draft. Then take out as many of the excesses as you can.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Steven Heighton
“Interest is never enough. If it doesn't haunt you, you'll never write it well. What haunts and obsesses you may, with luck and labour, interest your readers. What merely interests you is sure to bore them. (from Workbook)”
Steven Heighton

Helena Lancaster
“Well, I definitely advise anyone who wants to write, write. Don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Because a lot of people can be very discouraging to people who say they want to be a professional writer. If you want to do it, then chase it. Chase your dreams. Follow your heart. If that’s what you want, go after it. Write it out. You never know, you could be the next big thing.”
Helena Lancaster

William Strunk Jr.
“Writers will often find themselves steering by stars that are disturbingly in motion.”
William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style

Oliver Markus
“The secret to good writing is to use small words for big ideas, not to use big words for small ideas.”
Oliver Markus

Steven Heighton
“To listen to critics, pro or con, and take their words to heart is to subcontract your self-esteem to strangers. (from Workbook)”
Steven Heighton

Ted Bell
“Just write it!”
Ted Bell

Anaïs Nin
“You sought to preserve your creative instincts and what would nourish them. But neurosis itself does not nourish the artist, you know; he creates in spite of it, out of anything, any material given to him. The torments and hells of [crazy men], are not for you.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

Chuck Wendig
“once, if you told people you were self-published, they'd look at you like you were a smelly old jobless hobo just come off a dusty boxcar with soupcan shoes and a hat made from a coyote skull.”
Chuck Wendig, 500 Ways to Write Harder

Max Hawthorne
“Hone your writing skills as if they were your finest weapons of war. For in the literary arena, your pen will truly be your sword.”
Max Hawthorne

Rachel Nicole Wagner
“My advice for aspiring writers is simply this: NEVER GIVE UP. Do not let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve your dreams. If you want to be a writer, do it! Study hard to show that you have a passion for it. Read as many books as you possibly can. Attend workshops. Take classes that focus on English and writing skills. Research. Write everyday; even if it's on little napkins at restaurants. Every idea starts somewhere. Never let anyone steal your aspirations. You can do this. Just breathe and write. The rest will come to follow.”
Rachel Nicole Wagner

Steven Heighton
“Let failure be your workshop. See it for what is is: the world walking you through a tough but necessary semester, free of tuition. (from Workbook)”
Steven Heighton

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The power of writing supernaturally set things into motion.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Darynda Jones
“Developing your voice takes...
time and practice.”
Darynda Jones

“When your novel first peeks its head into the world, it will look pretty much like every newborn: blotchy, hairless, and utterly confused.”
Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days

Lailah Gifty Akita
“You story must be best told by you. Your experience is a sacred life.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

James Patterson
“Read a ton, write every day if you can, and don't mimic another writer's style. Find your own voice.”
James Patterson

Steven Heighton
“Cast a spell and the small flaws don't matter. (From Workbook)”
Steven Heighton

Kealohilani
“[When asked for her advice to aspiring writers] Run! Just kidding. Sort of. Really, I think the best advice I can give is to wait for the book that compels you to write it-- the one that you eat, sleep, and breathe.

If you try to force yourself to create an epic story, you will feel the ensuing drudgery quite acutely-- and worse, your readers will feel it too.

Conversely, if you wait for the book that won't leave you alone until you finish it, your readers will feel that energy and it will make it difficult for them to put the book down until they have finished it!”
Kealohilani

Amit Chaudhuri
“[G]ive nothing centrality, because writing is about continually shifting weight from one thing and moment to the other.”
Amit Chaudhuri

Scifurz
“There's just one advice for an aspiring writer; write.”
Scifurz

Scifurz
“The three rules to writing a novel;

1) Write
2) Write more
3) Keep writing”
Scifurz

Abigail George
“This is the same establishment that all those who want, or rather aspire to, to be literary figures of the century, artists, painters and sculptors want acceptance from and approval. They want to be looked up to. Young and upcoming poets must approach their craft with an almost angelic perspective. So many writers are missing a condensed fusion in their writing, they condescend to their audience, the truth is not spoken in their work, they gabble, their words seem to make a hot fuss on the page. What do they gain? They gain this, simply nothing. Poets must assemble and present their work accordingly to how they see fit and should be careful of advice from other writers and editors. Sometimes there can be too much going on in the words that are meant to be given with the best of intentions.”
Abigail George, Feeding The Beasts

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Our stories hold unique inspiration for one another.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Michelle M. Pillow
“Here's my author advice: There is no magic pill, so you just have to do the research and the work. Well, coffee is kind of like magic, and energy helps do the research, so maybe that’s my secret magic formula.”
Michelle M. Pillow

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