30 Writing Tips From Established – And Most Probably Dead – Authors

There is a small, yet fierce compilation of writing tips and do this-not that guides on the Writer Resources page.

And for lack of anything better to write and the fact that I’m currently gullet-deep in a flagon of Japanese beer, I present to you 30 Indispensable Writing Tips courtesy of Buzzfeed. Many of these erudite tidbits are tried and true, but a handful are simplistically gorgeous in their approach.

A few standouts:

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

- Anton Chekov

Never use a long word where a short one will do.

- George Orwell

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.

- Elmore Leonard

I have to say that Orwell hit the nail on the head with his advice. Too often do I come across a sentence where the author decided to flex their lexicon by utilizing a six-syllable word; “conflagration” was unnecessary, “flame” will do.

Although, aside from storytelling tips, a majority of the independent authors whose novels I sneak-peek via Amazon need to learn basic grammatical rules. It may not be a dealbreaker in the grand scheme - Hunger Games Twilight may very well not have had editors – but at least sound like you know what you’re talking about if you’re going to label yourself a writer.

Freakin’ split infinitives.

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3 thoughts on “30 Writing Tips From Established – And Most Probably Dead – Authors

  1. rebecca2000

    I agree. Often people are out to impress. I talked to one of my writers about that the other day. He was submitting something to me about words that are useless, like irregardless. He has studied writing and language for a long time. I told him the post could be funny (I write a satire and humor blog) but he had to make it relatable to my audience. In his submission he used the word erudite. I told him that there is no way that the average audience was going to understand that word.

    We argued back and fourth about the entire post. Then we ended up scrapping it. I believe in being direct. No pussyfooting around. Get to your point. Meanwhile, I took forever to reply ;) sorry.

    1. G.P. Merwede Post author

      It definitely depends upon who you’re writing for and what kind of writing you’re doing. The word needs to fit the situation. People too often rely on their thesaurus to pump up their sentences while missing the point that they’re telling a story, not crowing “Bangarang!”

      Also, it would be useless to use irregardless as it is not a real word – it’s akin to a double negative. :)

  2. rebecca2000

    Oh, I agree. I had mentioned how that word is like nails on a chalk board. Then we mulled around ideas. He wanted to run with it. It wasn’t a bad post. It was really well written. It just wasn’t for the right audience. My readers are looking for a laugh not a lesson.

    I poke fun of the Thesaurus writing in my new series Ms. Behavior Mafia. It is satirical for more than one level, but not everyone will understand that concept. I was able to use it because the topic was cussing during sex. The writer sounds uppity you can hardly tell what she is talking about.

    All of my gibberish to say, wonderful blog. You are very creative. I am following you. If you’re interested check mine out. If not, great conversation. I am still following you. :)




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