“If I had to give a young writer some advice I would say to write about something that has happened to him.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“I believe in the great importance of nostalgia for the writer. Generally speaking, the absence of the subject fertilizes the memory.” – Mario Vargas Llhosa
“Oh, there is no advice to give to young poets! They ought to make their own way; they will have to encounter the obstacles to their expression and they have to overcome them.” – Pablo Neruda
“Get the structure wrong and you blow up shortly after takeoff. Get it right and you save yourself an aborted manuscript and months and months of wasted writing.” – David Mitchell
“It’s easier to allow the reader into a relationship in which humor is the primary currency; it’s harder to charm the reader with an earnest description of a love affair.” – Haruki Murakami
“Every successful creative person creates with an audience of one in mind. That’s the secret of artistic unity. Anybody can achieve it, if he or she will make something with only one person in mind.” – Kurt Vonnegut
“I don’t believe that one writes for oneself. I think that writing is an act of love – you write in order to give something to someone else. To communicate something.” – Umberto Eco
What tip would you give to a young writer?
All these tips were taken from Paris Review Interviews.
Image: Lady Writer painting by artist Robin Cheers