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

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