Learn From the Best! Get Writing Advice from the Experts

At BookClubbish, there is little we love more than a good book. And while there are so many amazing books out there that we still need to read, we wouldn’t object to there being even more. So for all the people out there with a story inside of them, here are twelve pieces of writing advice from writers we love. Let’s get writing!

Show, Don’t Tell

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” —Anton Chekhov

 

Your Writing Time Is Sacred

“Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” —Zadie Smith

 

Unplug

“It’s doubtful that anyone with an Internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.” —Jonathan Franzen

 

Toughen Up

“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

 

Read, Read, Read

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” —Stephen King

 

Don’t Waste Anyone’s Time

“Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.” —Kurt Vonnegut

 

Be Brave

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” —Sylvia Plath

 

Write with Abandon

“Write drunk, edit sober.” —Ernest Hemingway

 

Tell YOUR Story

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” —Toni Morrison

“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that—but you are the only you.” —Neil Gaiman

 

Write with Honesty

“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.” ―Margaret Atwood

 

In the End, It’s Only Advice

“Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously.” —Lev Grossman

 

Do you have any writing advice worth sharing? Let us know in the comments!

    Emma Hunter

    Emma Hunter enjoys reading literary fiction, YA, historical fiction and a little bit of fanfic. When she isn’t reading, she likes photography, cats, photography of cats, riding her bike and just generally wasting time on the internet. You can find her on Twitter at emmaincolour_ and Instagram at emmaincolour and noseinabook9

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