Authors’ Writing Advice

Posted: January 9, 2014 in Writing Advice
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Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion’s 10 techniques to spark writing
  1. Decide when in the day (or night) it best suits you to write, and organise your life accordingly.
  2. Think with your senses as well as your brain.
  3. Honour the miraculousness of the ordinary.
  4. Lock different characters/elements in a room and tell them to get on.
  5. Remember there is no such thing as nonsense.
  6. Bear in mind Wilde’s dictum that “only mediocrities develop”— and challenge it.
  7. Let your work stand before deciding whether or not to serve.
  8. Think big and stay particular.
  9. Write for tomorrow, not for today.
  10. Work hard.
zinsser
If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard.  It’s one of the hardest things people do.
~William Zinsser,  On Writing Well

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bradbury
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. ~Harper Lee
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.
~Harper Lee 
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