Since I decided to try my hand at writing, I’ve been scouring the internets for all kinds of advice. What I found was several people I didn’t know, (presumably writers, since they had written a post about writing,) spewing tip after tip of do’s and dont’s. Some points aligned among blog authors, but some were surprisingly contradictory. After a few days of blog hopping in my down time, I starting wondering what successful, established authors would advise. Who better to learn from than the pros, right? That led me on a search for author blogs, which, to my surprise, exist and are very helpful!
Since I’m writing a romance, the first author that came to mind was Nicholas Sparks, most famous for The Notebook. On his website, under the About section, he has a section called Advice for Writers. My favorite section, since it meets me where I am right now, is the Learn the Craft section. He breaks down three pieces of practical advice: Research, Read, Write. He also has sections on the business side of writing and his own personal experience as a writer.
See for yourself at: http://nicholassparks.com/for-writers/learn-the-craft/
Neil Gaiman, probably most known for American Gods and Coraline, has a similar section on his website called Advice to Authors. His is much more brief, addressing only three subject matters: publishing, comics and revising. I like that he not only gives advice, but encouragement as well.
Check it out here: http://www.neilgaiman.com/FAQs/Advice_to_Authors
David Brin, most known for his SF novel, Existence, has written a lengthy piece on his website called A Long, Lonely Road: Advice To New Writers. If you don’t have much time, I suggest scrolling down to his ten bullet points. He addresses subjects such as: point of view, the usage of adjectives and elements of a good novel.
You can find it here: http://www.davidbrin.com/advice.html
In addition to these single author websites, Shortlist.com has assembled a compilation of concise gems of wisdom from the likes of literary classics such as Twain, Hemmingway, Wilde, and Austen. These truths, clever quips and timeless thoughts are definitely worth a read.
View the gallery here: http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/50-pieces-of-writing-advice-from-authors#