10 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors

Bonjour from Paris! What a joy it is to be strolling along the Seine with my 12-year-old daughter, and one of my best friends and her daughter. I’ve written before about the power of imagination and intention (How Clear is Your Inner Vision?) and my daughter’s enthusiasm and focus was a powerful force behind making this dream trip a reality.

So as we walk the same streets that inspired so many great authors and artists, I thought it only fitting to honor these great voices with their own words. Enjoy!

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
–Ernest Hemingway

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
–E.L. Doctorow

“When you can’t create, you can work.”
–Henry Miller

“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”
–Elmore Leonard

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

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
–Stephen King

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced I’m serious and says, “Okay, okay, I’ll come.'”
–Maya Angelou

“You rely on a sentence to say more than the denotation and the connotation; you revel in the smoke that the words send up.”
–Toni Morrison

“One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place….something more will arise for later, something better.”
–Annie Dillard

“Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke.”
–F. Scott Fitzgerald

(originally published April, 2017)

(Source: Buzzfeed)