Great Advice from Famous Authors

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All writers, at some point in their careers, need advice. Each of us has at some point grappled with questions, confusions, and doubts that led us to look to our literary inspirations – whether they be established authors or our high school English teachers – for nuggets of wisdom. So for all those times we really need it, here is a compilation of such helpful nuggets:

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
– William Faulkner

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost

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“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.” – Neil Gaiman

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” – W. Somerset Maugham

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“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”
– Margaret Atwood

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
– Sylvia Plath

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper” – E.B. White

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