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Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck. By Maria Popova On the value of unconscious association, or why the best advice is no advice.

Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

If this is indeed the year of reading more and writing better, we’ve been right on course with David Ogilvy’s 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, and various invaluable advice from other great writers. Now comes John Steinbeck — Pulitzer Prize winner, Nobel laureate, love guru — with six tips on writing, culled from his altogether excellent interview it the Fall 1975 issue of The Paris Review.

Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. The Obvious Secret to Getting Published in a Magazine. How Do You Know You’re Growing as a Writer? | noveldoctor. I’m not sure how to open this post.

How Do You Know You’re Growing as a Writer? | noveldoctor

I thought about playing the simile card and saying something about how becoming a better writer is a lot like becoming a better other thing – a better architect, a better juggler, a better OPI color namer, a better human. That would have been entirely true. 13 Weird Ways to Work Through Creative Blocks. Ten rules for writing fiction. Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather.

Ten rules for writing fiction

If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look­ing for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways than an Eskimo to describe ice and snow in his book Arctic Dreams, you can do all the weather reporting you want. 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer. When George Plimpton asked Ernest Hemingway what the best training for an aspiring writer would be in a 1954 interview, Hem replied, “Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult.

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer

Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.” Today, writing well is more important than ever. Far from being the province of a select few as it was in Hemingway’s day, writing is a daily occupation for all of us — in email, on blogs, and through social media.

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How To Drive Yourself Crazy as a Writer. Here are four simple ways to drive yourself crazy (or to drive other writers & readers crazy!)

How To Drive Yourself Crazy as a Writer

: 1. Helium - Where Knowledge Rules. Online Writing Resource for Writers to Sell Their Work – WritersMarket.com. CreateSpace: Self Publishing and Free Distribution for Books, CD, DVD. Smashwords - Ebooks from independent authors and publishers.