“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
“For a creative writer possession of the ‘truth’ is less important than emotional sincerity.”
“One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.”
“Write what should not be forgotten.”
“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.”
“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
“You can make anything by writing.”
Which of these tips is your favorite?
This post is a continuation of 15 Writing Tips From Famous Authors.