How to Be a Better Writer: Advice from the Pros

There are no laws for the novel.  There never have been, nor can there ever be.

Doris Lessing

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.

Stephen King

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.

Ray Bradbury

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.

Ernest Hemingway

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Robert Frost

You can fix anything but a blank page.

Nora Roberts

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.

C.J. Cherryh

Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.

Anne McCaffrey

I advise writing to oneself. If you don’t want to read it, nobody else is going to read it.

S.E. Hinton

To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.

Allen Ginsberg

The most important thing for any aspiring writer, I think, is to read!

George R.R. Martin

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8 thoughts on “How to Be a Better Writer: Advice from the Pros

  1. I love the C.J. Cherryh quote. On some days, I feel like all that gets on the page in one session is just garbage. Then, I hope that when I return back to edit, I’ll have better ideas then.

  2. I really enjoyed and needed this. THANK you! 🙂 Love your theme…the pic & colors just draw me 😉

  3. These remind me of the quotes you’d see in the English teacher’s classroom who actually inspired you, opened your eyes to the beauty of things like…reading and writing.

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