10 More Writing Tips From Famous Authors


Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
—Nathaniel Hawthorne


George Orwell
“For a creative writer possession of the ‘truth’ is less important than emotional sincerity.”
—George Orwell


Henry Miller
“One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.”
—Henry Miller


Isabel Allende
“Write what should not be forgotten.”
—Isabel Allende


Anthony Trollope
“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.”
—Anthony Trollope


Ray Bradbury
“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
—Ray Bradbury


Mark Twain
“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.”
—Mark Twain


F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald


Franz Kafka
“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.”
—Franz Kafka


C.S. Lewis
“You can make anything by writing.”
—C.S. Lewis


Which of these tips is your favorite?

This post is a continuation of 15 Writing Tips From Famous Authors.

34 thoughts on “10 More Writing Tips From Famous Authors

  1. Kafka’s (#9) is my favorite. Number one isn’t really a tip. 😉 Numbers seven and eight are excellent advice. Which one is your favorite, dearest?

    1. Number one. 🙂 I think it’s an implicit tip. No action verb but a profound observation. When I first started writing I used to think that the good sentences would always come easily and naturally. It’s just the opposite. I have to work hard for them.

      I tilt my hat toward you, Jess.

  2. 1 & 6. Nr 1 is the one that I tend to read often when I post… ;). I always read those notes on the side, cause I find them very true & interesting. And this one makes me think of all those beautiful books that are just so tiring to read… It’s easy to overdo a good story by wanting it to be special. The story is special from the start. No need to push it more.

  3. Great tips! Especially loved 7!

    “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.” —Mark Twain

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