Writing tips from our favorite writers

How can writers help you with your writing?

Does your job involve writing? Are you a content manager? A PR pro? Copywriter? Communications director? Gee, do you ever write a love note to your fiancée? If so, how do you improve your writing?

Good writing tips can come from actual writers. Think about it: writers understand words. They spent most of their lives reading and writing. They're always looking for the best word to use. They know where to cut, and where to expand. 

So, when a writer writes about writing, it’s worth taking note.

Ernest Hemingway

Before everything else, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who used to rise early in the morning and write. His best stories are masterpieces of the modern era, and his prose style influenced a lot of  writers after him.

Hemingway never wrote books about writing fiction. Here and there, however, he left many passages in letters and articles. Here are our favorites.

The quotes come from this post on Open Culture.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain was the father of the American Literature, according to William Faulkner. He turned to journalism after failing at gold mining. Or, he just replaced mining gold with mining words.

Here is some thoughtful advice from him, to guide us when we use too many adjectives or when we don't know what to do with a screaming old lady.

The quotes come from this post on Rebelle Society.

Elmore Leonard

During his career, Leonard wrote almost 50 novels. He specialized in crime fiction and thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures.

Being such a prolific writer, Leonard wrote an article for the New York Times explaining his fundamental rules for writing.

The quotes come from this post on Mashable.

And our all-time favorite

"Cut out all these exclamation points."

An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. Tweet this!

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