Sure, I have advice for people starting to write. Don't. I don't need the competition.— Robert B. Parker
Romantic Writing Advice quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
My advice to would-be young authors is to read a lot, write a lot, and not worry about creating a finished product. Keeping a journal is not a bad idea either.
Don't look back until you've written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceeding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work which is all in . . . The edit.
To thrive in life you need three bones. A wishbone. A backbone. And a funny bone.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
The most important advice I can offer is that writing is a craft that you can learn by practicing. If you keep writing, you will improve.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences.
That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.
Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
When an idea comes, spend silent time with it.
Remember Keats's idea of Negative Capability and Kipling's advice to "drift, wait and obey". Along with your gathering of hard data, allow yourself also to dream your idea into being.
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor;
the enemy of the people. It will keep you insane your whole life.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good.
Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
I have never heard a dancer asking for advice about how to stay focused on her footwork, or a painter complaining about the dull day-to-day task of painting. What task worth doing isn't worth daily effort? Do you think Michelangelo was having fun the whole time he was on his back painting the Sistine Chapel's ceiling?
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created - nothing.
Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.
Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.
When it comes to giving advice, never do so unless you've first received a request in writing, signed by a lawyer.
Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Let grammar, punctuation, and spelling into your life! Even the most energetic and wonderful mess has to be turned into sentences.
Write about just one thing, I have said, and there is wisdom in this advice.
..And yet, there is wisdom also in William Sloanes contrary observation: Almost all effective writing above the level of the soup can turns out to be about quite a lot of things fused or laced or linked together.
I always advise children who ask me for tips on being a writer to read as much as they possibly can. Jane Austen gave a young friend the same advice, so I'm in good company there.
Follow your heart but take your brain with you.
The worst advice a young writer can get is "Write what you know.
" Imagination is more important than experience.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone.
Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you write them.
Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
It's a great lesson about not being too precious about your writing.
You have to try your hardest to be at the top of your game and improve every joke you can until the last possible second, and then you have to let it go. You can't be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it...You have to let people see what you wrote.
"Look into thy heart and write!" is good advice, but not if interpreted to mean, "Look nowhere else!" The poet should know his world and, so far as his art is concerned, any kind of battering from his world is better than his own self-indulgent brooding.
You have the itch for writing born in you. It's quite incurable. What are you going to do with it?
That's the best advice I can give - when you're trying to write a comedy, first write a drama, and then make it funny.
Don't apologize, justify or rationalize bad art or bad writing. If you do, you are part of it.
The best advice on writing I've ever received was from William Zinsser: 'Be grateful for every word you can cut.'
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.
It’s interesting that in the Bible, in the book of Ecclesiastes, the only practical advice given about living a meaningful life is to find a job you like, enjoy your marriage, and obey God. It’s as though God is saying, Write a good story, take somebody with you, and let me help.