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73 Writing Quips From Novelists, Authors, and Editors

Here are dozens of writing quips and tips from famous novelists, authors, and editors. I’ve been collecting writing quips for a few years now – and love the idea of sharing them!

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

Margaret Atwood’s Writing Quips and Tips

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

21 Writing Quips From Published Authors

21 Writing Quotations From Famous Published Authors

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

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Writing Inspiration From Anne Lamott

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