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Writing Advice From The World’s Greatest Writers

writing advice, quotes from the best writers

So, you’ve decided to try your hand at writing—maybe you want to be the next best-selling novelist, or for your screenplays to see their day in Hollywood. Maybe you’d like to write your memoir or the biography of a loved one. Here are the words of writing advice that some of the world’s greatest writers have to offer…

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” –Barbara Kingsolver

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” —Louis L’Amour

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”—Toni Morrison

 “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” –Stephen King

“One should never use exclamation points in writing. It is like laughing at your own joke.” –Mark Twain

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”—Phillip Pullman

 “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” –Saul Bellow

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” –Anne Frank

And finally, to remind you never to take the noble art of writing too seriously…

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”—Douglas Adams

What pieces of writing advice do you follow?

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