10 Top Tips from Great Authors

‘B’ is for ‘The Best Writing-Based Advice’: 10 Top Tips from Great Authors

“Beware of advice – even this.”

Carl Sandburg

“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”

Jack Kerouac

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”

Larry L King

“The first draft of anything is sh*t.”

Ernest Hemingway

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; rewriting a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”

Stephen King

“Style is to forget all styles.”

Jules Renard

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”

Harper Lee

“Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.”

Ray Bradbury

“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop – H2O. The reader will get it.”

George Singleton

“There is only one plot – things are not what they seem.”

Jim Thompson


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