Writers on writing
I have found that the best approach to learning to write is to learn from others who have written before us and from doing the act of writing. Don’t make excuses, just write. Here’s a few videos on writing from writers, who each bring a unique perspective.
Much as I didn’t like William Burroughs the man, I liked Burroughs the social critic and teacher. Burroughs had some unique perspectives on art and writing that transcend his own writing. Kurt Vonnegut was also a unique writer with a voice all of his own. His insights into how we construct stories in life and how we can construct stories for art are compelling. Mark Twain was a writer par none. He is my writing idol, for his ability to transform suffering into gold and his ability to capture the voice of America.
The best advice I can give to any writer is this :
- Live first and make writing just one of the things that brings you joy.
- Forget about developing technique. Instead, gather life experience and that will put you a cut above most other writers. Technique will take care of itself.
- Read anything and everything you feel compelled to read. Never close your mind to any kind of writing. Even a bad book or a crappy newspaper will teach you something. And maintain an interest in the stories of the world in any medium.
- Tell stories to anyone who will put up with you. My son’s first story was the story of Tiny, a 2 inch man who lived in our house, who came with us everywhere and who led us on all kinds of adventures.
- Find your own voice and be true to you and no one else.
- Ignore all advice on how to write.
More great advice on Brain Pickings here : https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/05/03/advice-on-writing/ & https://www.brainpickings.org/tag/writing/.
See Kurt Vonnegut below (video no.6)
Posted on April 1, 2016, in Uncategorized, writing and tagged advice for writers, art, artists, books, creative writing, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Ira Glass, Mark Twain, Milan Kundera, Neil Gaiman, NPR, Somerset Maugham, stories, story telling, This American Life, Umberto Eco, William Burroughs, writers, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.