Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

November 2, 2014

Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 10:33 AM

Here are some writing tips – arbeit harsh, from great writers. Ignore them at your peril

From Thought Catalog

  • The first draft of everything is shit. -Ernest Hemingway
  • Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass. -David Ogilvy
  • If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. – Dorothy Parker
  • You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ― Jack London
  • Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. – Neil Gaiman
  • Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Write drunk, edit sober. – Ernest Hemingway
And the most important of all —-and the one I always force myself to follow:
Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly. – Joshua Wolf Shenk
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