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Cancel 0 A lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one an artist. Even the great writers of our time have tried and failed and failed some more.
Vladimir Nabokov received a harsh rejection letter from Knopf upon submitting Lolita, which would later go on to sell fifty million copies. Having been through it all these great writers offer some writing tips without pulling punches. After all, if a publishing house is going to tear into your manuscript you might as well be prepared.
The first draft of everything is shit. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.
Notice how many of the Olympic athletes effusively thanked their mothers for their success? Writing is not figure skating or skiing. Your mother will not make you a writer. My advice to any young person who wants to write is: I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.
You have to go after it with a club. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you finish this book? The thing that annoys this weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. Stop arguing with yourself. And no one had to die.
Here is a lesson in creative writing. Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. Write drunk, edit sober. Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft.
But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. Have the courage to write badly. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.
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Learn tips & advice about how to write comedy, humour and funny stories. I run a humorous short story competition, so have lots of experience to share. Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on vetconnexx.com Useful writing tips and advice that help you discover how to write short stories, win short story competitions and have your work published.
Learn more. In Famous Quotes and Authors you'll find the wit and wisdom of men and women from all walks of life and from all ages - from Benjamin Franklin to Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln to William Shakespeare, Margaret Mead to Garrison Keillor.
Here's one way to become a better writer. Listen to the advice of writers who earn their daily bread with their pens.
During the past week, lists of writing commandments by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard (above) and William Safire have buzzed around Twitter.