Writing Tips

To be a successful writer, a person must not only possess the necessary writing skills but important values like diligence, creativeness, and passion for his work. And to enhance or discover such values, there are some writing tips from some known fiction authors that aspiring writers should know as they pursue their passion in writing.

  1. Michael Moorcock emphasizes the importance of reading to wannabe writers. When writing fantasy or sci-fi stories, the man suggests browsing books that are related at all to any of such genres.

  2. For Zadie Smith, ample time and space should be allotted to writing by those who are serious in pursuing such kind of work.

  3. As for characters, Michael Moorcock greatly thinks that they must be introduced as early as the first third of the written work. The same goes for stories that mainly depend on the plot as they progress. In the second third, the characters and theme of the stories must be further established and be well-defined. The final third should then serve in arriving to the conclusion of any mystery or covert instances that envelope that whole story.

  4. Rose Tremain that the ending of any story should be unplanned and just come to the author as he makes progress on his writing.

  5. Will Self recommends bringing notebook all the time so a person can write any ideas that come to his head as soon as its pops up in his mind.

  6. For Jonathan Franzen and Zadie Smith, internet connection is a taboo in writing.

  7. Jonathan Franzen does think that curious verbs attract any attention at all.

  8. Diana Athill suggests reading a finished work aloud to let the author know if what he has written sounds right.

  9. For Anton Chekhov, a good writer is able to let the readers clearly imagine what he writes about.

  10. Rose Tremain acknowledges what an author’s ‘first readers’ have got to say.

  11. Another tip from Jonathan Franzen highlights that a written work must be a person’s depiction of his own fantasy journey. Otherwise, it would be just something that is made for money.

  12. There will always be a point when a writer feels that he is not doing anything right. Sarah Water highly suggests taking a break, like a taking a short walk or talking to someone about the problem at hand. Some people may also find comfort when they pray.

  13. Will Self points out that writing is a career that necessitates a person to be alone when working.

  14. Each person is his own editor and critic, as pointed out by Joyce Carol Oates.

  15. Jonathan Franzen looks at every reader as a friend and not an enemy.

  16. Elmore Leonard warns aspiring writers about the excessive use of exclamation points.

  17. Neil Gaiman reminds other writers to heed people when they think that something’s not right in a written work. However, they must be completely mistaken if they know exactly what is wrong in a story and even suggest ways on how to correct it.

  18. Will Self tells about the uneasiness that some people may feel as they become successful in the writing industry and how such discomfort must be embraced by every aspiring writer out there.

  19. Confidence and honesty are the two keys Neil Gaiman thinks are necessary in achieving success in writing.

  20. Helen Simpson does not believe on setting up rules for one’s self. What matters most is that the writer gets the job done.

Not every famous writer can write everything that easily. They also stumble upon some problems along the way. Yet, they find ways to work around any obstacle that hinder from pursuing their passion for writing.