These graphic quotes are designed to showcase funny, practical or insightful advice that even the most experienced writer can learn from. Included are writing tips from Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, Henry Miller, Isabel Allende, Harper Lee, Raymond Chandler and William Safire that cover everything from the mechanics of being a writer to grammar to the power of words and what drives writers to create.
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Neil Gaiman – Write Bravely
Artist and author Neil Gaiman on the power of writing with self-confidence.
Writing as a Form of Remembrance and Resistance
Isabel Allende is a former reporter whose novels often combine elements of objective reality and fantasy. She has said that she writes in order to “register history, and name each thing.”
Margaret Atwood on the Pain of Writing
Author of “A Handmaid’s Tale” offers advice on how to avoid “writer’s back”
Henry Miller on Mindfulness When Writing
Henry Miller, the controversial author of “Tropic of Capricorn” quote on writing in the present.
George Orwell Advises Brevity
George Orwell – never a fan of pretension.
Language Expert William Safire Provides an Example of How NOT to Write
NY Times “On Language” columnist William Safire’s cringe-worthy example of bad, bad writing.
Everyone’s a Critic
Author Neil Gaiman comments on how and when to take criticism of your writing.
Margaret Atwood on the Tools of the Trade
Margaret Atwood combines travel tips with writing advice.
Writing for an Audience of One
Harper Lee, celebrated author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman” on the impulses and motivations of writers.
Less is More
George Orwell believed that embellished, overly ornate writing obscured the truth. He advised writers to seek clarity above all.
Raymond Chandler: Never One to Shy Away from a Trope
Novelist and screenwriter Raymond Chandler started his writing career penning detective stories for pulp magazines. His advice for writers: sometimes you’ve got to use a formula.
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