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

General Posts:

  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. Billy Collins’s 6 Elements Of A Poem
  7. Billy Collins’s 6 Pleasures Of Poetry
  8. David Foster Wallace – 3 Takeaways For Writers
  9. Emily Dickinson – How to use her 4 Super Simple Writing Techniques
  10. Ernest Hemingway – How To Write Like Hemingway With These 10 Easy Tips
  11. Frank Herbert: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  12. George Lucas: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  13. Janet Burroway’s 3 Principles Of Effective Narrative Setting
  14. Janet Burroway’s 4 Aspects Of Narrative Time
  15. J.K. Rowling: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  16. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  17. Lewis Carroll: 10 Things Writers Can Learn
  18. Neil Gaiman – 7 Tips to Write Like Him
  19. Robin Robb: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  20. Rudyard Kipling’s 7 Rules For Life In London
  21. Terry Pratchett: The Greatest Fictional World Builders
  22. 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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