7 Writing Tips For Young Writers From Famous Authors

woman writer painting


“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

23 thoughts on “7 Writing Tips For Young Writers From Famous Authors

  1. If you start writing, go on until it’s finished. At that point edit and edit again to see if you have a masterpiece that pleases you. Then ask someone else to read it.

  2. Oooh. #4 resonates with me right now. I’m hoping to finish up a large writing project soon and it’s been a miss mash from beginning to end. If I do it again (and I hope I do), I will do it completely differently next time–get the structure right.

  3. “Tell the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.” ― Neil Gaiman

  4. Wonderful quotes…
    I would say “Try not to worry about finishing, or how good you are, those worries come naturally and cause panic. Focus instead on the creations you love and time will fly by and soon your work will be done.”

  5. I think one is the best one. That’s how stories are usually made. From a moment in time or an experience we’ve had, and we expand on that experience. Maybe changing that experience and making it an alternate reality of things that could have happened or meshing it together with other experiences.

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