Writing Tips from Famous Authors and Me

1. Writing will become a chore if you don’t enjoy your subject.
“I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself.” ~ J.K. Rowling

2. Begin with an outline.
“If you’re going to write a complicated story you must work to a map; otherwise you’ll never make a map of it afterward.” J.R.R. Tolkien

3. Start with an unforgettable opening line.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” J.R.R. Tolkien

4. Don’t be a verbal snob. Sometimes simple words are best.
“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” ~C.S. Lewis

5. To a good writer, you must love to read.
“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.” ~ Stephen King

6. Write about real life.
“I try to write about the stuff that torments us all.” ~ Danielle Steel

7. Love scenes should not be smut, but emotionally charged character development.
“Action, reaction, motivation, emotion, all have to come from the characters. Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.” ~Nora Roberts

8. If someone says writing is easy, they aren’t a writer.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~Ernest Hemingway

9. Always keep a writing pad handy; your best writing will come spontaneously.
“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” ~ Saul Bellow

10. Writing can be a long process.
“I don’t write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing.” ~Dean Koontz