Writing is a dynamic art, where there is no one way to express your creativity. Plus, everyone has a story to share. Still, the idea of putting your ideas and thoughts to paper can be overwhelming. But then, if it were so difficult, there wouldn’t be as many books in libraries and book stores.
If you find it difficult to express your thoughts in words, the following is a collection of famous authors’ tips, prepared by our friends at Domyhomeworknow.com, to inspire you.
- “THERE IS NOTHING TO WRITING. ALL YOU DO IS SIT DOWN AT A TYPEWRITER AND BLEED.” – Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway suggests you just start writing. Stop staring at that blank page and just start typing your thoughts freely, regardless of how difficult it seems. The editing will come later.
- “YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY WRITE. DAYDREAMING ABOUT THE BOOK YOU’RE GOING TO WRITE SOMEDAY ISN’T WRITING. IT’S DAYDREAMING. OPEN YOUR WORD PROCESSOR AND START WRITING.” – Andy Weir
Want to be a writer? You have to write and write. It starts with one keystroke; then it is one paragraph, soon it is one page. But to achieve all that, you have to start writing and stop fantasizing about writing.
Motivational speaker Les Brown alluded that the graveyard is the wealthiest place since it is where you will find unfulfilled hopes and dreams and even books that were never written. “All because someone was too afraid to take the first step.”
- “SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Most beginner writers think that complicated vocabulary is what makes a good writer. However, you will find hundreds of celebrated writers who use straightforward language to share their stories and ideas.
Even Sierra Bailey shares Da Vinci’s thoughts on simplicity. She said, “Writing isn’t about using words to impress. It’s about using simple words in an impressive way.”
So, stop worrying that you do not have an arsenal of varied vocabulary.
- “QUANTITY PRODUCES QUALITY. IF YOU ONLY WRITE A FEW THINGS, YOU’RE DOOMED.” – Ray Bradbury
In other words, practice makes perfect. The late writer Ray Bradbury advised writers to spend most of their time writing, even if they won’t share most of it with the world.
Of course, your first few pieces are probably going to be trash. But with consistency, dedication, and practice, you will improve.
- “FORGET THE BOOKS YOU WANT TO WRITE. THINK ONLY OF THE BOOK YOU ARE WRITING.” – Henry Miller
You probably have more than a few drafts on your hard drive. Most writers do.
You get an excellent idea, write several chapters, and then leave it incomplete after getting distracted by the next excellent idea. As a result, you end up with many unfinished works that you cannot complete because the ideas faded.
Multitasking seems efficient, but it is damaging to a writer’s career. Follow Miller’s advice and focus on one book at a time.
- “IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO READ, YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME — OR THE TOOLS — TO WRITE. SIMPLE AS THAT.” – Stephen King
Good writers are avid readers. Reading other people’s works inspires you, improves your vocabulary, and improves your writing style by identifying what makes a good read.
Stephen King is an award-winning writer who has published more than 80 books. Annually, this legendary writer reads at least 70 books.