More Tips from Famous Authors

Two weeks ago, AuthorHouse presented ten writing tips from famous authors (check them out here if you missed the article!) Great writers have been sharing their advice for thousands of years though, so we’ve barely scratched the surface.


We heard from the likes of Anne Rice, Tina Fey, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman last time. Let’s hear what ten more famous writers have to say!


“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E. L. Doctorow


James Patterson

James Patterson

“I’m always pretending that I’m sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story, and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished.” – James Patterson


“You rely on a sentence to say more than the denotation and the connotation; you revel in the smoke that the words send up.” – Toni Morrison


“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.” – Edgar Allan Poe


“If you are using dialogue, say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.” – John Steinbeck


Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

“One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place… something more will arise for later, something better.” – Anne Dillard


“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.” – Ray Bradbury


“You never had to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” – Saul Bellow


F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning.” – Erica Jong


“Cut out all those exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald




We hope you’ve found these tips useful! But if not, you can always take the advice of G. K. Chesterton: “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”


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