Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Writing Tips from 3 Masters

I love writing tips, but I pay attention when they come from a master of the craft. So for today we have a selection of links to writing tips from 3 masters of the craft - Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell.


First, paraphrased from his book On Writing, 7 Tips Tips for Becoming a Better Writer from Stephen King. King is of course one of the most disciplined and well-respected writers in American letters. Whether or not you like his work, his attention to the craft of writing is unparalleled today.


Next, a selection of Ernest Hemingway's Top Five Tips for Writing Well. Debate Hemingway's lifestyle and his respect for women, but do not debate his powerful contributions to literature. Ever since reading and rereading The Sun Also Rises in college, I have been a fan of his writing.


Finally, from George Orwell, author of some of the finest novels in American literature (Animal Farm, 1984 etc.) we have 6 Questions and 6 Rules for Writers.

Happy Tuesday!

14 comments:

Rick Daley said...

Great links, thanks for sharing!

Lady Glamis said...

Thank you for these great links! I've been debating lately whether or not I like writing tips, but you have a point. When they come from the masters, one should pay attention!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Just what I needed. Not spending as much time writing this summer as I thought I would. Maybe reading the tips will help.

JesseGiglio said...

Great post! So many great one-liners that travel really well. Thanks for putting this together.

B.J. Anderson said...

Thanks for the links!

Tracy Edward Wymer said...

On Writing is one of my favs. Hemingway is also one of my favs. Great post!

Saili said...

Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have "earn it before

having it", for a wile now. Could not understand much though.

Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

By the way, good writing style. I'd love to read more on similar topics

Sean said...

It is very important that children are taught the proper way of writing at such an early age. This is done so in order to enhance writing skills as early as possible.

Robert Treskillard said...

This is all great advice, Alex!

I was amazed at that short 6 word story from Hemingway. The imagination is very powerful, and I need to learn how to set that free for my own readers.

-Robert

beth♥ said...

Absolutely GREAT links/post. Hemingway is one of my favorites: "Use vigorous English." Good stuff! =)

Kerani said...

Ha! I don't fancy Stephen King's books that much, but his book on writing is one of the most inspiring and useful ones out there. I'm very glad to see it referenced here.

One of my favorite lines from King's book was something to the effect of "if you write every day at the same time and place, you won't be visited by the muse every day. But if you do write like that, then the muse, when she decides to visit, will know where to find you."

Great stuff - but just another way of saying 'BIC' - butt in chair!

Shalini said...

Man, I followed that the dark truth link, and was completely in the story. Damn exciting. The latest post talks about a friend of him who's gone missing . Somewhere on his way to Leh, India. And the guy is asking for help find it. Soundss like an online game . This looks interesting. M already hooked on.

Deborah said...

Great Links!Its very intriguing how these tips coming from different experts vary as well as resonate.

Deborah said...

Great Links!Its very intriguing how these tips coming from different experts vary as well as resonate.