recently asked its Facebook group
to share the No. 1
writing lesson they learned from their favorite author.
To be fair, I thought I would share mine, too.
Well, it was easier to ask the question than answer it.
Asking a communicator to share her favorite writing advice from her favorite author is what I imagine it’s like to ask a parent to choose a favorite child.
There are so many good writers that you can’t choose just one, and they all offer sound advice.
After spending much too long trying to determine my favorite piece of advice—I gave up trying to pick a favorite author—I finally chose this quote from
“East of Eden” by John Steinbeck: “If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about
everyone or it will not last.”
Here are some writing lessons Ragan readers shared:
“Live a balanced life—learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”—Robert Fulghum, “All I
Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” (Lynn Clark Bergman)
"Write 100 good words a day, then go fishing." —Ernest Hemingway (Rick Clark)
“Never use a long word where a short one will do.” —George Orwell (Julie Haydu)
Readers also shared a few pieces of unattributed advice:
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What is the No. 1 writing lesson you learned from your favorite author? Share in the comments.
Kristin Piombino is the associate editor of Ragan.com.