Sunday, April 10, 2016

Writing Tips Made Easy

I spotted this wonderful nugget full of great advice on Lit Reactor and just had to share it with you. See what you think.

Will Self
The writing life is essentially one of solitary confinement—if you can't deal with this you needn't apply. —The Guardian
Anton Chekhov
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. (Technically a misquote, but solid advice nonetheless.)
Neil Gaiman
The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you're allowed to do whatever you like. —The Guardian
Helen Simpson
The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying ‘Faire et se taire’ (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as ‘Shut up and get on with it.’ —The Guardian
Billy Wilder
The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer. —Conversations with Billy Wilder
Elmore Leonard
Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. —New York Times
George Orwell
Never use the passive where you can use the active. —"Politics and the English Language"
Henry Miller
Work according to the program and not according to mood. —Henry Miller On Writing
Joyce Carol Oates
Write your heart out. —Brain Pickings
Robert McKee
The finest writing not only reveals true character, but arcs or changes that inner nature, for better or worse, over the course of the telling. —Story
Kurt Vonnegut
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. —Bagombo Snuff Box
Chuck Palahniuk
Write something that people might not “enjoy” but will never forget. —Flavorwire
Jeff VanderMeer
If you are drawn to write what's uncomfortable, it may help to recognize that you are allowed to write for yourself, and that any decisions about seeking publication are separate from that first, fundamental decision (and freedom). —Wonderbook
P.D. James
Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell. —The Guardian
Harper Lee
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. —Writer's Digest
Ray Bradbury
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ―Zen in the Art of Writing
Joe Hill
Just about everything I learned about writing a good book I learned from reading lots and lots of good books. —Writer's Bone
Stephen King
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time—or the tools—to write. —On Writing
Vladimir Nabokov
Literature was not born the day when a boy crying 'wolf, wolf' came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying 'wolf, wolf' and there was no wolf behind him. —Lectures on Literature
Sylvia Plath

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.—The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
I don't know about you, but I'll be applying some of these pointers, as its always good to keep your writing fresh.