Writing lessons from our favorite authors

There might be no better place to get writing advice than from a beloved essayist, playwright, or novelist. We’ve collected quite a few, but we want more! Share those terrific tips here.

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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.

It’s impossible.

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.”

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