15 Short (But Wise) Writing Tips From Famous Authors

Has someone given you a simple piece of advice that has stuck with you, and maybe even changed your life? Here is some writing advice on creativity and character from 15 well-known authors. Chew on these for a while. Let them sink in, and see if they change the way you write.


Toni Morrison: “Remember that writing is always about communication.”

Henry David Thoreau: “Understand the power of each word.”

WH Auden: “Anticipate and recognize ideas.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley: “Think about the obvious in new ways.”

Oscar Wilde: “Be unpredictable.”

Maya Angelou: “Follow your instincts and do what you feel you must.”

Charles Dickens: “Play with your ideas, talk with them, and coax them into a fully-formed creation.”

Ray Bradbury: “Learn to take criticism well and discount empty praise.”

Margaret Atwood: “Don’t be afraid of failure.”

Richard Bach: “Never stop trying.”

Tennessee Williams: “Let success happen in its own time.”

EB White: “Just write.”

WB Yeats: “Discover what lights your fire.”

William Wordsworth: “Write with passion.”

Roald Dahl: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.”



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8 responses to “15 Short (But Wise) Writing Tips From Famous Authors

  1. Love the new look, loved the old look, too! And I really like the “little library” ideas! Wish I could make one!!

  2. I wish I could make one, too, Sherry. Isn’t that a neat idea? Thanks for visiting the new blog.


  3. Oh, Jean, the finished product is lovely! I hit Follow, but I’m not sure if it worked.

  4. Sage and wonderful advice! Thank you, Jean, for sharing this!

  5. Hi, Karen.
    Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed your interview over at Life Lessons.

  6. I love “don’t be afraid to fail.” I’d also add, “Don’t be afraid of success.”

  7. “Don’t be afraid of success” is a wonderful addition. Jeanette. Thank you!

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