Writing Advice From The Experts Part 2

Writing Advice From The Experts Part 2



The most valuable of​ talents is​ never using two words when one will do. - Thomas Jefferson

There are many books that provide tips and guidance for publishing success. This series of​ articles takes you directly to​ a​ trusted source of​ wisdom – established authors. the​ hope is​ the​ experiences they have encountered will assist you in​ your writing objectives.

On Editing

There is​ but one art,​ to​ omit! - Robert Louis Stevenson

A sentence should contain no unnecessary words,​ a​ paragraph no unnecessary sentences,​ for the​ same reason that a​ drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a​ machine no unnecessary parts. - William Strunk,​ Jr.,​ from the​ Elements of​ Style

My most important piece of​ advice to​ all you would-be writers: when you write,​ try to​ leave out all the​ parts readers skip. - Elmore Leonard

The great art of​ writing is​ knowing when to​ stop. - Josh Billings

As to​ the​ adjective,​ when in​ doubt,​ strike it​ out. -- Mark Twain

When rewriting,​ move quickly. It's a​ little like cutting your own hair. - Robert Stone

Put it​ before them briefly so they will read it,​ clearly so they will appreciate it,​ picturesquely so they will remember it​ and,​ above all,​ accurately so they will be guided by its light. - Joseph Pulitzer

On Writer’s Block

If you are in​ difficulties with a​ book,​ try the​ element of​ surprise: attack it​ an​ hour when it​ isn't expecting it. - H. G. Wells

On Motivation

Better to​ write for yourself and have no public,​ than to​ write for the​ public and have no self. - Cyril Connolly

The most original thing a​ writer can do is​ write like himself. it​ is​ also the​ most difficult task. - Robertson Davies

If you wish to​ be a​ writer,​ write. - Epictetus

Talent is​ helpful in​ writing,​ but guts are absolutely essential. - Jessamyn West

You write about the​ thing that sank its teeth into you and wouldn't let go. - Paul West

On Humility

Young writers should be encouraged to​ write,​ and discouraged from thinking they are writers. - Wallace Stegner

In the​ third and final part in​ this series we​ will look at​ a​ few words of​ wisdom from authors on​ the​ naming of​ your work,​ learning from the​ success and failure of​ other writers and the​ inner struggles authors often face.




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