Creative Writing Advice in 140 Characters

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?

15 thoughts on “Creative Writing Advice in 140 Characters

  1. Laetitia

    I don’t remember where I saw it (on TV or in a magazine maybe?).
    A famous writer was paid to give a conference about writing in front of students.
    He asks :” who wants to write a book?”
    Everyone raises his hand up.
    He asks again and adds :” who has begun to write a book?”
    Less people has his hands up.
    He says:” If you really want to write a book, what are you doing here? You should be at home, writing.”
    He stands up and goes away.
    In my opinion, he wanted to say, writing isn’t just a wish; it is a need. Writers have something to say. A lot of people have good ideas but how many will write a book? Few. In other words, writing is more an impulse than a passion. And it is a hard work as well.
    What do you think about it?

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    1. I couldn’t agree more. Despite what many people think, writing is actually a lot of hard work. Choosing the right ideas and structuring them in the right way with the right words can be as exhausting as running a marathon. It’s not everyone that has the resilience to endure such a tiresome endeavour!

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  2. Thanks for sharing these! I finished my 3000 word count for today so I don’t feel as guilty as I normally do, but I’ll have to start again tomorrow. It’s always good to have advice from the seasoned pros to fall back on. 😉

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      1. Haha just for now. I have a schedule to finish this last novel by the end of the year so we can focus on marketing, editing, and formatting for a couple of months. It means doing anywhere from 1500-4000 a day. It gets easier once you’ve hacked out all the details, but also pretty exhausting. Winter starts to alleviate my carpal tunnel for example. I tend not to write as much when the weather is too cold.

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  3. Thanks! I actually have the first book of my series out on Amazon if you’re bored (Jaeth’s Eye). The second book is completed, but in editing phase. I’m trying to finish the third one by the end of the year, and hopefully that will come out next year in June. It’s crazy, who knew being a writer meant so much writing. 😉


  4. I love Stephen King! However, I detest any piece of advice that includes “never”. Writing to me allows you to bend all the ‘rules’ that are in place and create your own style. I love the advice to just keep writing, though. NaNoWriMo has been teaching me that even when I think I have nothing in me to write sometimes it just comes out as I type :).


  5. kriwriting

    /On Writing/ is one my favorite memoirs. It’s creative, entertaining, honest, and then you get to the writing advice and it’s brutal, even more honest, and harsh to read. Not because of the writing style, but because of the fact Stephen King hates adverbs. Guilty at overusing adverbs, man. So guilty. If you like writing advice books, check out James Scott Bell. He even responded to my email once. Nice guy, great advice writer.


  6. No matter how many times I hear Neil Gaiman speak, I can’t help but be captivated. I wouldn’t even say Gaiman’s writing is among my favorites. But every time I read his work, or listen to him speak, I just get this feeling that there’s a deep, ancient wisdom he’s passing onto us all.


  7. ruthie-hulme

    Absolutely, I so often find myself posting on social media instead of cracking down and actually writing! It’s crazy how time can fly or stop based on how well the writing is going. Really interesting post, I enjoyed reading this.


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