There are lots of “writing rules” around from well-known authors, and I thought it would be useful to bring them together in one list. I’m sure I’ve missed some, so feel free to make suggestions! Here is, as far as I can tell, a collection of The Best Writing Advice From Famous Authors:
The Guardian also has a Rules for writers series.
“Fumblerules Of Grammar” comes from William Safire.
C.S. Lewis on WritingKurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story 6 Rules for a Great Story from Barnaby Conrad and Snoopy is from Brain Pickings. How to Write is a very engaging New York Times piece by author Colson Whitehead that’s funny and informative.
Writing Rules! Advice From The Times on Writing Well is from The New York Times Learning Network.
A Simple Way to Create Suspense offers great writing advice from author Lee Child.
George Orwell on writing is from The Economist. It elaborates and offers some commentary on it, as well.
Advice For Scientists Who Want To Write For The Public is not written by a famous writer, but it’s still good and I’m putting it on this list for now.
Story notes #2 — Begin in the middle fits in the same category — good advice, but not by a famous writer.
What One of the World’s Great Novelists Learned About Writing from David Ogilvy is from CopyBlogger, and shares some thoughts from Salman Rushdie.
Feedback is welcome.