We all want it. We all need it. Getting very prolific, very successful authors to share their wisdom with us, the average writers, is something we desperately need. This wisdom, however, is often shared in the form of very long books and articles, which usually take up a lot of our time. And since I know that not everyone can afford that, here is a compilation of creative writing advice by famous authors—in tweet format!
I really like Neil Gaiman’s advice because it shows that the impostor syndrome (the belief that our successes are a mistake and that we will eventually be revealed to be a fake) never goes away for a writer. We have this idea that writing professionally is just making stuff up that has no value. But the only way to become a professional is to keep writing despite that feeling, and telling yourself that what you’re doing is valuable and beautiful.
How many of us have done this? Sometimes it’s “cooler” to keep up a bohemian façade and act like a tormented writer instead of, you know, writing. How much more useful it is, instead, to sit down and struggle with that blank page!
Pretty much the same piece of advice! In fact, there is a very funny book written by Cory Arcangel, Working on my Novel, which shows us all the things people are tweeting with the hashtag #WorkingOnMyNovel instead of actually writing it!
Stephen King is well known for disliking bland prose that doesn’t express anything. This is a nice appendix to his book On Writing, where he tells us about some of his pet peeves. Ignore him at your own risk!
Hope you liked this! I may do this again in the future—it’s quite nice to get insider information from the biggest names in creative writing!
What do you think? Did you find this useful?