Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors

| June 16, 2011

Anyone doing some writing this summer? Anyone having trouble doing some writing this summer? Then this link is for you!

Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors

The tips were offered to writer Steve Silberman as he works to turn a long magazine article into a book. It occurs to me that this task is much like turning an academic journal article into a dissertation, and in any case the tips are very handy in general.

Some of the advice conflicts. For instance, should you work single-mindedly or take lots of breaks? Is it better to write drafts carefully, or just spit it all out and edit later? Should all of your reading contribute to your writing, or should you do some unrelated leisure reading as well? In theory, most of the advice makes sense, but ultimately it will take trial and error to figure out what works for you.

Perhaps my favorite of all is this tidbit from Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing fame:

“Write even when the world is chaotic. You don’t need a cigarette, silence, music, a comfortable chair, or inner peace to write. You just need ten minutes and a writing implement.”

Anyone else have a favorite tip from the article, or a new one to offer?