Writing Wednesday: Essential Writing Advice from Established Authors

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From the pains of sitting at a desk for extended periods of time to the fear of never finishing your manuscript, nobody understands the pressures of writing quite like professional authors.

So this Writing Wednesday, don’t just take our advice – let’s hear what the pros have to say about being a writer!

“Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting.”

– Jonathan Franzen

“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.”

– Ray Bradbury

“Almost every writer, before he becomes a success, even a runaway supernova success, goes through an apprentice period when he’s a failure.”

– Isaac Asimov

“Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”

– Elmore Leonard

“Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.”

– Margaret Atwood

“Be daring, take on anything. Don’t labour over little cameo works in which every word is to be perfect. Technique holds a reader from sentence to sentence, but only content will stay in his mind.”

– Joyce Carol Oates

“One superlatively important effect of wide reading is the enlargement of vocabulary which always accompanies it… But in enlarging the vocabulary, we must beware lest we misuse our new possessions. We must remember that there are fine distinctions betwixt apparently similar words, and that language must ever be selected with intelligent care.”

– H.P. Lovecraft

“Work on a computer that is disconnected from the internet.”

– Zadie Smith

“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

“Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.”

– John Steinbeck

“I’m always pretending that I’m sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story, and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished.”

– James Patterson

“Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.”

– Henry Miller

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