If you think natural talent – the ability to write well – is a personality trait of a successful writer, you’d be wrong. “Talent is cheaper than table salt,” says bestselling author and writing teacher Stephen King.
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Do all poets, poem writers, scribes and verse makers possess the same essential personality traits? You get to be the judge! These traits of a poet’s personality begin with a brief glimpse into the writing habits of famous writers and poets.
When you can’t write, you need writing inspiration of a different ilk. These practical tips are inspired by the best writing quotes from famous writers – and by my experience as The Writer Who Didn’t Get Published. Yeah. More about that below. First, though, how… Read More »Practical Tips and Writing Inspiration for When You Can’t Write
If you want to learn writing secrets, get thee to the greatest writer in the English language! Here are William Shakespeare’s secrets of great writing, via the Publication Coach. First, though, look at Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Shakespeare.… Read More »5 Writing Secrets From William Shakespeare
Here’s a quip to get the ball rolling:
“Every morning or afternoon, whenever you want to write, you have to go up and shoot that old bear under your desk between the eyes.” – Robert Leckie.
These quips and tips from published authors can help you shoot that bear and get writing…and so can Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark. It may be one of the best books I’ve ever read about the writing craft.
And, here are writing quips from seriously successful authors…Read More »73 Writing Quips From Novelists, Authors, and Editors
Canadian author Margaret Atwood shares her writing quips and tips, advice and thoughts in Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing. Here, she describes the process of writing, becoming a writer, selling stories, and more.
First, of course, a writing quip from this famous published author:
“All writers must go from now to once a upon a time; all must go from here to there; all must descend to where the stories are kept; all must take care not to be captured and held immobile by the past,” writes Atwood in Negotiating With the Dead (click on the cover for more info).
It takes effort to move from “now” to “once upon a time” – to break free of the past, and shake off your fears, insecurities, hang-ups. But, to be a freelance writer, published novelist, or happy blogger, you need to take Atwood’s writing advice and go from here to there. Read More »Margaret Atwood’s Writing Quips and Tips
These writing quips from famous published authors range from the writer’s life to writing well – with a smattering of “how to write” advice. Authors include Ernest Hemingway, Erica Jong, John Updike, E.B. White, Julia Cameron, Walt Whitman, and more. To kick things off, here’s… Read More »21 Writing Quotations From Famous Published Authors
If you need writing inspiration, come to Anne Lamatt! These writing tips are inspired by Lamott, who is one of my favorite published authors. “Write straight into the emotional center of things,” writes Lamott in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life “Write toward vulnerability. Don’t worry… Read More »Writing Inspiration From Anne Lamott