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25 Writing Tips from 25 Great Writers


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25 great writing tips from 25 great writers.

  • The one by Ben Franklin is actually referencing a letter by Pliny the Younger. It's a great quote nonetheless.
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25 Writing Tips from 25 Great Writers

  1. 1. 25 Writing Tips from
  2. 2. Be obscure clearly. E.B White
  3. 3. There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers. H.L. Mencken
  4. 4. You cant waitfor inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. Jack London
  5. 5. Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up & bite on the nail. Ernest Hemingway
  6. 6. Most editors arefailed writers - but so are most writers. T.S. Eliot
  7. 7. Everywhere I go, Im asked if I thinkthe universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they dont stifle enough of them. Flannery O Conner
  8. 8. Use the time of atotal stranger in sucha way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Kurt Vonnegut
  9. 9. Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde
  10. 10. I would hurlwords into thisdarkness &wait for an echo, And if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all. Richard Wright
  11. 11. You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. Ray Bradbury
  12. 12. Clutter is the diseaseof American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon. William Zinsser
  13. 13. If you cant annoysomebody, thereslittle point in writing. Kingsley Amis
  14. 14. All good writing is swimming under water & holding your breath. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  15. 15. Either write somethingworth reading or dosomething worth writing. Ben Franklin
  16. 16. I just sit at atypewriter &curse a bit. P.G. Wodehouse
  17. 17. Burn pedants inpale fire.Accept no fashions.Be your own fashion.Do not rely onearlier triumphs.Be new at eachappearance. Vladimir Nabokov
  18. 18. Short words arebest & the oldwords when shortare best of all. Winston Churchill
  19. 19. The time to begin writing anarticle is when you havefinished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly & logically perceive what it is that you really want to say. Mark Twain
  20. 20. Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. William Shakespeare
  21. 21. I soon learned that one must giveup everything & not do anythingelse but write, that one must write write write. Henry Miller
  22. 22. I believe more in the scissorsthan I do in the pencil. Truman Capote
  23. 23. I always write with a yellow pad & a ballpointpen, on my bed. I go into my room, I take awalk, I take a shower, & eventually I write. Some things come out well, some dont. When it works, I type it up afterward. Woody Allen
  24. 24. The work never matchesthe dream of perfection theartist has to start with. William Faulkner
  25. 25. The road toignorance ispaved withgood editors. George Bernard Shaw
  26. 26. When in doubt, have a mancome through the door witha gun in his hand. Raymond Chandler
  27. 27. The End By: Wjbriggs