Writing Advice from Classic Authors

How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing — Tips & Strategies

I’ve been wanting to write this post about why writers procrastinate, but I’ve been putting it off. What is it about writers and procrastinating? Here we’ll look at some tips from writers past and present to help you stop procrastinating and start writing! Here are a few reasons why procrastination can loom large when taking pen to paper, or more likely, fingers to the keyboard:

You don’t have enough time today, or you’ve run out of all but a small space of time, so you talk yourself out of doing any writing at all. Why torture yourself today when you can put it off until tomorrow? Read More→


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Classic and Contemporary Tips for Developing Characters in Fiction

The heart of any compelling story or novel is its characters. Without memorable characters, a story will fall flat and the reader won’t care. Characters don’t need to be good or even sympathetic, but they do need to be driven by their beliefs and motivations to create a strong narrative arc, and to create and resolve conflict.

If you don’t know where to begin, you may appreciate these tips for developing characters in fiction (from classic and contemporary writers) First, let’s see how three classic authors approached the question of developing characters: Read More→


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10 Books on Writing by Women Writers — for Everyone

Here are 10 books on writing by women writers — informative, instructive, and inspiring. They’re not necessarily written by women for women — in other words, they contain no bias toward any gender.  But, since these books are written from women’s perspectives, that ensures plenty of compassion, patience, and even humor. If you like this post, you may enjoy exploring our treasure trove of writing advice from classic women authors.

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12 Classic Women Authors, 12 Lessons for the Writing Life

Learning how to stay disciplined, grappling with doubt, failure, and rejection, finding one’s voice, struggling to stay solvent—we’ve all dealt with these issues. It’s comforting to know that Charlotte Brontë, George Sand, Louisa May Alcott, and others did, as well. But in the end, it’s not so much about experiencing these obstacles that matters, but overcoming them.

While researching The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life, I delved into the letters, journals, and memoirs of classic women authors. I found that certain challenges were just as universal among those who eventually became literary icons as they are among today’s writing women, whether seasoned or aspiring.

Here are twelve nuggets of wisdom I gleaned from each of the twelve classic women authors I’ve grown to know and admire. Read More→


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How Important Is Solitude for Writers?

Virginia Woolf famously wrote, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Leaving aside the question of what a woman writes—fiction or nonfiction, prose or poetry, journalism or pithy blog posts, just how important is solitude for writers; how critical is it to have a room of one’s own?

In learning about the writing lives of classic women authors, the universality of the issues and struggles all writers experience is striking. Finding quiet time to write and a modicum of privacy was as great a challenge for a nineteenth-century woman, especially those with children, as it is for today’s writing women. Read More→


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