Here are five creative writing tips from legendary creative writers. 

1. As a writer you should not judge, you should understand – Ernest Hemingway On Writing

 

“Then get in somebody else’s head for a change. If I bawl you out try
to figure what I’m thinking about as well as how you feel about it. If Carlos curses Juan think what both their sides of it are. Don’t just think who is right. As a man things are as they should or shouldn’t be. As a man you know who is right and who is wrong. You have to make decisions and
enforce them. As a writer you should not judge. You should understand.”

2. Place the character’s name or pronoun first in a speaker attribution –Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

 

“Place the character’s name or pronoun first in a speaker attribution (Dave said). Reversing the two (said Dave), though often done, is less professional. It has a slightly old-fashioned, first-grade-teacher flavor (“Run spot, run,” said Jane). After all, ‘said he’ fell out of favor sometime during the Taft administration.”

3. No nonsense austerity gives authority –Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose (really)

 

“The no nonsense austerity of a sentence’s construction gives it a kind of authority that – like Moby Dick’s first sentence, “Call me Ishmael” -makes us feel that the author is in control, an authority that draws us farther into the story.”

4. Tone is crucial – The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera 

“From time to time I like to intervene directly as author, as myself. In that case, tone is crucial. From the very first word, my thoughts have a tone that is playful, ironic, provocative, experimental, or inquiring.” 

5. Discover as early as possible one’s own tastes and excellences – Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

“The best way to escape the temptation to imitate is to discover as early as possible one’s own tastes and excellences. Here, in the sheaf of pages you have written during this period of habit-making, is priceless laboratory material for you. What, the whole, do you write, when you set down the first things that occur to you?” 

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