Writing Tips from Famous Authors

I’m in the midst of a revision, and this post from BuzzFeed came at the perfect time. Too juicy not to share!

30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors

Writing is easy: All you have to do is start writing, finish writing, and make sure it’s good. But here’s some vastly more useful wisdom and advice from people who seriously know what the hell they’re talking about.

Jack ShepherdBuzzFeed Staff

1. Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

2. Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard

3. Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

4. Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
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5. George Orwell

George Orwell

6. E.L. Doctorow

E.L. Doctorow

7. Henry Miller

Henry Miller

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8. Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard
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9. John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

10. Stephen King

Stephen King
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11. Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Ralph Waldo Emmerson

12. Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

13. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
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14. James Patterson

James Patterson
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15. Stephen King

Stephen King
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16. Mark Twain

Mark Twain

17. Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
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18. Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

19. John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

20. Annie Dillard

Annie Dillard

21. Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

22. Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow

23. Erica Jong

Erica Jong

24. Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut

25. T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot

26. Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

27. Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein
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28. F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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29. Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

30. G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton

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10 thoughts on “Writing Tips from Famous Authors

  1. From where does such insight come . . . ” an exclamation point is like laughing at your
    own joke” ? Should I use more ? This piece is very very ! You certainly have talent. No,
    more than that. I see Ma and even a tiny bit of Pa. But I never realized Hemingway was
    so slow ! I take back what I just said about Pa.

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