Today in news that makes me want to opt-out of society and live as a hermit in the wilderness, Jamie Oliver has hired a sex offender as an apprentice at his London restaurant Fifteen. David Mason, 24, admitted to raping a 12-year-old girl and was sentenced to four years in young offenders’ institution. He served two years and spent two more doing probation work for the Prince’s Trust, a charity that supports 13 to 30 years old who are unemployed and usually disadvantaged.
I sat down this week and Googled some of my favourite authors (as well as some I don’t like so much but feel I should still respect) to see if they had some writing tips. They mostly all say the same things, but it doesn’t hurt to have a constant reminder. And hearing (or reading) it from an author whose work you respect tends to make you listen to their advice a lot more.
So I thought I’d share some favourites of mine here. Feel free to add to the list!
Dean Koontz: How to Write a Bestselling Novel
Jane Smiley: 5 Writing Tips
Neil Gaiman: 8 Good Writing Practices
20 Writing Tips from Fiction Authors
Laini Taylor: HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL
PD James’s 10 tips for writing novels
Writing Tips from Authors of Booktrust
Andy Weir: 4 REASONS YOU’RE PROCRASTINATING INSTEAD OF WRITING
7 Writing Tips From A Famous Author–Charles Dickens
Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers
John Green: Ideas and Inspiration
Today’s Writing Prompts
Good luck! x