105 Writing Tips from Professional Writers

Inspiring, informative, amusing, entertaining wisdom and quotes from top writers in all genres.

Source: Time Soak.

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15 Things overachievers do

From Penelope Trunk (Hat tip: Althouse)—a great list. As a retiree, I still follow some of the items on the list (1, 5, 11, 13, and 15), at least so far; but since I see myself a writer, # 12 made me wince. Perhaps I should embrace the “people who are serious about ideas are blogging“ advice a little more, however:

12. They don’t write books. The book industry is dead. They have no control over distribution channels and they have no control over author publicity, so the value publishers add in the book business is pretty much zero. Amazon so completely dominates the book industry that Forbes declared that Amazon is now ripe for disruption—they are the publishing model to beat. So for now, if you have an idea, put it in a blog. Harvard Business Review says that people who are serious about ideas are blogging.

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623 of the Best Books

From A List of Books:

13 “Top 100 Books” lists combined and condensed in to one master list, for the benefit of your reading pleasure. 623 books in all — a lifetime of reading potential!

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Philip Roth Retires: 10 Lessons from the Professor of Desire

The author of the article at The Millions, offers up 10 key ideas he gleaned from Roth’s work and career.

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The Worst Books By the Best Authors

From Online Education Database, the introduction to ten examples of poor writing:

It is said that even a blind pig finds a truffle now and then. That may be true, but writing a good book (despite what so many deluded amateurs seem to believe) is exceedingly difficult. A lousy writer is unlikely, under even the best circumstances, to produce a novel of any value. The reverse, however, unfortunately happens quite easily. The finest writer, if prolific enough, is still practically guaranteed to come up with a couple of duds. Lest anyone mistake the spirit of this inquiry, in which we look at failures on the part of authors whose reputations remain unimpeachable, let it be understood that our choices, though bound to rankle in some cases, are not meant to offend. It may be that we can learn something from great novelists’ misfires, perhaps as much as we can from their successes….

And goodness, I loved I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe.


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11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books

From Mental Floss—the headline: “Some of the most beloved movies ever were based on books. But just because we loved them doesn’t mean the original author did.”

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50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

From EvenCool:

Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life.  To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades.  Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one.

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20 Famous Writers on Death and Mortality

From Flavorwire, their introductory remarks:

Today marks the publication of Mortality, confrontational journalist Christopher Hitchens’ posthumous work about his experiences with the cancer that killed him. We’ve lost a lot of great minds recently — Nora Ephron, Maurice Sendak, David Rakoff, and Hitch himself — and we think this end-of-life memoir in essays, full of Hitchens’ trademark wit and his clear-eyed dissection of life as he sees it, may just heal us a little bit, as books tend to do. To celebrate the book’s publication, and to help recalibrate our own perspectives on the loss of so many of our intellectual heroes, we’ve put together this selection of passages on death and mortality from a few of our favorite authors. Read through after the jump, and since there are an infinite number of these, add your own favorite to our collection in the comments.

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40 Modern Nonfiction Books Everyone Should Read

From Marc and Angel Hack Life—Practical Tips for Productive Living.

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