Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors

Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors

Writers Write is a resource for writers. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of writing advice from the world’s most famous authors.

Over the years, we have featured many posts on the advice famous writers give. We’ve enjoyed collecting them and writing about them.

And now, links to these pearls of wisdom are available in one bumper post.

Scroll through the list to read what literary icons like William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway have had to say about writing.

Writing Advice From The World’s Most Famous Authors

  1. A.L. Kennedy’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  2. Agatha Christie: 7 Excellent Plotting Tips
  3. Alfred Hitchcock: 6 Things Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing
  4. Alice Adams’s Pattern For Writing A Short Story
  5. Amitava Kumar’s 10 Rules For Writing
  6. Andrew Motion‘s 10 Rules For Writers
  7. Anne Enright‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  8. Anne Lamott On Life And Writing
  9. Anne Sexton: 7 Bits Of Writing Advice
  10. Annie Proulx’s 5 Rules For Good Writing
  11. Anthony Horowitz’s 4 Steps To Creating A Suspenseful Adventure
  12. Anton Chekhov’s 8 Criteria That Define Civilised People
  13. Arthur Hailey: 5 Bits Of Writing Advice
  14. Barbara Kingsolver’s Top 8 Writing Tips
  15. Bernard Cornwell: 6 Writing Tips
  16. Beatrix Potter: 5 Things Beatrix Potter Can Teach You About Writing
  17. Bill Watterson: 6 Writing Lessons
  18. Blake Bailey’s 5 Tips For Writers
  19. C. S. Lewis’s 5 Rules For Writers
  20. Carl Hiaasen On Writing
  21. Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s 10 Captivating Quotes About Books
  22. Cathy Hopkins’ Top 10 Writing Tips
  23. Charles Dickens: 7 Bits Of Writing Advice From His Works
  24. Charles Dickens: The Original Self-Published Success Story
  25. Cheryl Strayed’s Advice For Beginner Writers
  26. Chinua Achebe: 7 Bits Of Writing Advice
  27. Chris Bohjalian: 10 Tips To Help Writers Stretch Their Fiction
  28. Chris d’Lacey’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  29. Chuck Palahniuk: 13 Writing Tips
  30. Colm Tóibín’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
  31. Cormac McCarthy: 7 Bits Of Writing Advice
  32. Cornelia Funke’s Top 10 Tips For Writing Ghost Stories
  33. Cory Doctorow: Sensible Writing Tips
  34. Curtis Sittenfeld’s 5 Steps For Writing A Short Story
  35. Dashiel Hammett’s 24 Rules For Detective Writers
  36. David Baldacci’s 5 Top Writing Tips
  37. David Hares 10 Rules for Writers
  38. David Ogilvy: Tips On Writing
  39. Dean Koontz On Overcoming Self-Doubt
  40. Dennis Lehane’s 10 Rules For Writers
  41. Diana Gabaldon’s 3 Rules For Writing Fiction
  42. Don Delillo’s Writing Guide
  43. Dorothy Allison’s 5 Top Writing Tips
  44. Dorothy Parker: On Writing
  45. Douglas Adams: 10 Tips For Writers
  46. Dr Seuss On Writing
  47. e.e. cummings – on being nobody-but-yourself
  48. E.B. White: Hang On To Hope
  49. E.B. White On Writing
  50. Edgar Allan Poe: 5 Tips For Writing Vivid Fiction
  51. Elmore Leonard’s 11 Rules For Writing Fiction
  52. Ernest Hemingway: 27  Gems On Writing
  53. Ernest Hemingway: How He Changed The Writing Landscape
  54. Ernest Hemingway To F. Scott Fitzgerald: Writing Advice Between Friends
  55. Esther Freud’s Seven Rules For Writing
  56. Eudora Welty: 8 Bits Of Writing Advice
  57. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 7 Tips For Writing Fiction
  58. Gail Carson Levine’s 7 Rules For Writing
  59. Geoff Dyer‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  60. George Orwell’s 6 Questions And 6 Rules For Writing
  61. George R. R. Martin’s Writing Advice
  62. Graham Greene’s Writing Process
  63. H. G. Wells‘ Writing Advice
  64. Haruki Murakami On Writing
  65. Helen Dunmore’s 9 Rules For Writing Fiction
  66. Henry Miller’s 11 Writing Commandments
  67. Hilary Mantel‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  68. Ian Fleming: 5 Writing Secrets
  69. Ian McEwan: 7 Writing Observations
  70. Ian Rankin’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  71. Iris Murdoch: 5 Bits Of Writing Advice
  72. Isaac Asimov: 6 Bits Of Writing Advice
  73. Isaac Bashevis Singer’s 3 Characteristics A Work Of Fiction Must Possess
  74. Isabel Allende’s Writing Process
  75. J.R.R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers
  76. Jack Kerouac’s 30 Rules for Writing
  77. Jaime Lowe’s 8 Rules For Writing Memoirs
  78. James Joyce: 5 Bits Of Writing Advice
  79. James Patterson: 7 Invaluable Lessons For Writers
  80. James Rollins’ 3 Tips For Writers
  81. Jane Austen: 6 Lessons On Love, Life & Writing
  82. Jane Austen: How Did She Learn To Write?
  83. Jane Hirshfield: Why She Writes
  84. Janet Evanovich’s 12 Tips For Writing A Query Letter
  85. Janet Evanovich: Making Time To Write: 4 Tips
  86. Janet Fitch’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  87. Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Rules for Writing
  88. Jeffery Deaver‘s 10 Writing Tips
  89. Jeffrey Archer’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  90. Jennifer Egan’s Advice For Young Writers
  91. Jennifer McMahon’s Top Writing Tips
  92. Jennifer Niven’s Top 12 Writing Tips
  93. Jodi Picoult’s Top 3 Writing Tips
  94. Joe Eszterhas’s 10 Golden Rules of Screenwriting
  95. John Grisham’s 8 Do’s And Don’ts For Popular Fiction
  96. John Irving: 7 Bits Of Writing Advice
  97. John Irving: On Writing
  98. John Steinbeck’s 6 Writing Tips
  99. John van de Ruit’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  100. Jonathan Franzen‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  101. Jorge Luis Borges‘s 6 Bits of Writing Advice
  102. Joseph Finder’s 8 Tips For Writers
  103. Joy Williams’ 8 Essential Attributes Of The Short Story
  104. Joyce Carol Oates’ 7 Rules For Writing
  105. Judy Reeves’s 10 Daily Habits That Make a (Good) Writer
  106. Kate DiCamillo’s 6 Writing Tips
  107. Kathy Reichs‘s 5 Bits Of Writing Advice
  108. Kazuo Ishiguro – 7 Bits Of Writing Advice
  109. Keith Waterhouse’s 12 Ground Rules for Writers
  110. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Writing Tips (& A Letter Of Advice For The Future)
  111. Kurt Vonnegut Explains The Shapes Of Stories
  112. Kurt Vonnegut On Making Your Soul Grow
  113. Laini Taylor: 5 Really Useful Writing Tips
  114. Lev Grossman’s 7 Tips For Writers
  115. Liane Moriarty’s Writing Tips
  116. Lisa Genova’s 6 Rules Of Research
  117. Lisa Genova’s 10 Rules Of Writing
  118. Lisa Jewell’s 12 Writing Tips
  119. Louis L’Amour: 6 Bits Of Writing Advice
  120. Louis Sachar On Writing
  121. Margaret Atwood‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  122. Marian Keyes’ 3 Tips For New Writers
  123. Marisha Pessl Answers 5 Questions On Writing
  124. Mark Twain: 7 Bits Of Writing Advice
  125. Martin Amis’s 16 Rules For Writers
  126. Mary Hoffman’s Top 10 Rules For Fantasy Writers
  127. Mary Karr’s Memoir Checklist To Stave Off Dread
  128. Mary Oliver: 7 Bits Of Poetry Advice
  129. Max Brooks’ 5 Writing Tips
  130. Maya Angelou’s Writing Process
  131. Meg Cabot’s Advice For Young Writers
  132. Michael Moorcock’s 10 Rules for Writers
  133. Michael Morpurgo’s 10 Rules For Writers
  134. Mickey Spillane: 6 Bits of Writing Advice
  135. Neil Gaiman: How To Become A Writer – The Easy Way
  136. Neil Gaiman – On Making Good Art
  137. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules For Writers
  138. Nicholas Evans On Why Writing Is Like Going On A Hike
  139. Nietzsche’s 10 Rules For Writers
  140. Nora Roberts On How She Writes
  141. Norman Mailer – 6 Writing Tips
  142. Octavia E. Butler’s Writing Advice
  143. Orson Scott Card On Building An Audience
  144. Oscar Wilde: 10 Quotable Tips On Writing
  145. P.D. James On Writing
  146. Patricia Highsmith: 5 Bits Of Writing Advice
  147. Patrick Ness’s 5 Main Tips For Fiction Writers
  148. Paulo Coelho: 10 Writing Tips
  149. Peter James’ 7 Top Writing Tips
  150. Philip Pullman: On Writer’s Block
  151. Philippa Gregory‘s Writing tips
  152. Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules
  153. Proust’s Questionnaire – 35 Questions Every Character Should Answer
  154. R.L. Stine’s 10 Tips For Curing Writer’s Block
  155. Raymond Carver: 7 Bits Of Writing Advice
  156. Richard Ford‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  157. Richard Osman: 6 Bits Of Writing Advice
  158. Roald Dahl: 7 Writing Tips
  159. Robert A. Heinlein’s 5 Rules For Writers
  160. Roddy Doyle’s 10 Rules For Writers
  161. Rose Tremain’s 10 Rules for Writers
  162. Ruth Rendell On Writing Suspense
  163. Sarah Waters‘ 10 Rules For Writers
  164. Sebastian Faulks On Finding Excuses Not To Write
  165. Simon Scarrow’s 6 Tips For Aspiring Writers
  166. Stan Lee: 6 Superhero Writing Tips
  167. Stephen King: 10 Bits Of Writing Advice
  168. Stephen King: 13 Writing Lessons From On Writing
  169. Stephen King’s Muse Is A Basement Kind Of A Guy
  170. Sue Monk Kidd’s 10 Most Helpful Writing Tips
  171. Susan Sontag: 7 Pearls Of Writing Wisdom
  172. Tamora Pierce On How To Deal With Writer’s Block
  173. Terry McMillan: 20 Writing Tips
  174. Tess Gerritsen’s Writing Process
  175. Toni Morrison: 6 Things You Can Learn
  176. Trudi Canavan’s 3 Tips To Improve Your Writing
  177. Truman Capote: 7 Bits Of Writing Advice
  178. V.S. Naipaul’s 7 Rules For Beginner Writers
  179. Virginia Woolf: 10 Writing Tips
  180. Vladimir Nabokov’s 3 Qualities For A Major Writer
  181. Walt Disney: 7 Tips For Writers
  182. Warren Ellis’s 3 Questions To Find A Story
  183. Wilbur Smith: 6 Bits Of Writing advice
  184. Will Self‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction
  185. William Faulkner: 10 Things He Had To Say About Writing
  186. William Goldman‘s 10 Commandments On Writing
  187. William Safire’s 33 Fumblerules Of Grammar
  188. Zadie Smith‘s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

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  1. 7 Bits of Editing Advice from Famous Writers
  2. 7 Tips From Famous Writers On Getting Started
  3. 7 Tips To Help You Write Like Neil Gaiman
  4. 10 Elementary Tips For Writers From Sherlock Holmes
  5. 15 Authors On The Best Writing Advice They Received
  6. 17 Things You Probably Never Knew About Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. Agatha Christie – Analysing The Best-Selling Novelist Of All Time
  8. Billy Collins’s 6 Elements Of A Poem
  9. Billy Collins’s 6 Pleasures Of Poetry
  10. David Foster Wallace – 3 Takeaways For Writers
  11. Emily Dickinson – How to use her 4 Super Simple Writing Techniques
  12. Ernest Hemingway – How To Write Like Hemingway With These 10 Easy Tips
  13. Frank Herbert: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  14. George Lucas: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  15. Jackie Collins: 5 Bestselling Storytelling Lessons
  16. Janet Burroway’s 3 Principles Of Effective Narrative Setting
  17. Janet Burroway’s 4 Aspects Of Narrative Time
  18. J.K. Rowling: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  19. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  20. Lewis Carroll: 10 Things Writers Can Learn
  21. Neil Gaiman – 7 Tips to Write Like Him
  22. Robin Robb: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  23. Rudyard Kipling’s 7 Rules For Life In London
  24. Terry Pratchett: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  25. The Beat Generation: 6 Bits Of Writing Advice
  26. The Fascinating Writing Habits of 31 Famous Authors

We hope this advice from the world’s most famous authors inspires you to write.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 7th July 2017
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