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Where Are the Best Writing Tips? In the Best Writing Quips, Of Course!

The reason I’m sold on “quips and tips” is because the best writing tips are found in the best writing quips! These 21 quotations from successful published authors range from dealing with despair to finding the most inspirational place to write. I’ve quoted authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Anne Lamott, Anne Tyler, Erica Jong, John Updike, Julia Cameron, Walt Whitman, and more.

To kick things off, here’s one my favorite writing quips from Annie Dillard:

“I don’t do housework. Life is too short and I’m too much of a Puritan. If you want to take a year off to write a book, you have to take that year, or the year will take you by the hair and pull you toward the grave.”

But wait! It gets better…

“Let the grass die. I let almost all of my indoor plants die from neglect while I was writing the book. There are all kinds of ways to live. You can take your choice. You can keep a tidy house, and when St. Peter asks you what you did with your life, you can say, I kept a tidy house, I made my own cheese balls.”

Break free from the chains of housework, TV, food, shopping, or endlessly surfing the internet, fellow scribes! Follow your dream of being a writer — do what you love! If you need inspiration and motivation, read 73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire!) the Muse. Remember: when you clutch the things you love (writing writing writing), you’ll taste sweet success.

May these writing quotations inspire and motivate you to achieve your writing goals…Read More »Where Are the Best Writing Tips? In the Best Writing Quips, Of Course!

Writing Quips and Tips From Truman Capote

Every week, Quips and Tips for Successful Writers features “Writing Quips and Tips From Successful Published Author X.” Truman Capote is up to bat this week; on deck for next week is Annie Dillard.

Truman Capote’s most famous works are Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood. And, speaking of cold-blooded murder, here’s one of his most startling quips:

“Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it,” said Capote.

If so, then is writing a sequel or series about resurrection, rebirth, and another death? For more info about Truman Capote’s experience writing In Cold Blood, click on the image. And, read on for quips and tips from Truman Capote…Read More »Writing Quips and Tips From Truman Capote

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