Writing Advice From The Experts Part 1



One must be drenched in​ words,​ literally soaked in​ them,​ to​ have the​ right ones form themselves into the​ proper pattern at​ the​ right moment. - Hart Crane

Some of​ the​ best advice for writers in​ the​ 21st century comes from those who have seen their successes and offer advice from their own experience. Let’s draw from that brain trust.

On Writing Well

Show don't tell. - Henry James

Don't say the​ old lady screamed -- bring her on​ and let her scream. - Mark Twain

Cut out all those exclamation marks. an​ exclamation mark is​ like laughing at​ your own joke. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

First drafts are for learning what your novel or​ story is​ about. - Bernard Malamud

Usually,​ when people get to​ the​ end of​ a​ chapter,​ they close the​ book and go to​ sleep. I deliberately write a​ book so when the​ reader gets to​ the​ end of​ the​ chapter,​ he or​ she must turn one more page. When people tell me I've kept them up all night,​ I feel like I've succeeded. - Sidney Sheldon

Don't mistake a​ good setup for a​ satisfying conclusion -- many beginning writers end their stories when the​ real story is​ just ready to​ begin. - Stanley Schmidt

On Inspiration

Nighttime is​ really the​ best time to​ work. All the​ ideas are there to​ be yours because everyone else is​ asleep. - Catherine O'Hara

I know writers who write only when inspiration comes. How would Isaac Stern play if​ he played the​ violin only when he felt like it? He would be lousy. - Madeleine L'Engle

If you wait for inspiration,​ you're not a​ writer,​ but a​ waiter. - Anonymous

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to​ go after it​ with a​ club. - Jack London

The best way to​ become a​ successful writer is​ to​ read good writing,​ remember it,​ and then forget where you remember it​ from. - Gene Fowler

Read,​ read,​ read. Read everything -- trash,​ classics,​ good and bad,​ and see how they do it. Just like a​ carpenter who works as​ an​ apprentice and studies the​ master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. - William Faulkner

The best time for planning a​ book is​ while you're doing the​ dishes. - Agatha Christie

So this is​ always the​ key: you have to​ write the​ book you love,​ the​ book that's alive in​ your heart. That's the​ one you have to​ write. - Lurleen McDaniel

In the​ second part in​ this series we​ will look at​ a​ few words of​ wisdom from authors regarding writer’s Block,​ motivation and editing skills.





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