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