Eight Tips on Writing from Nobel Prize Winners



This is a collection of advice from authors who won Nobel Prizes. Learning from the best is a good idea and the wisdom below will assist many writers. The advice is not just useful for motivation but also approach.



a) Don’t use dead language – Toni Morrison


b) Use concrete imagery when you write about large, abstract themes – Wislawa Szymborska


c) Work stories out in your head when you can’t write – Alice Munro


d) Read and draw on wide influences but don’t cram your work with others’ ideas – Wole Soyinka


e) Make people believe in your story first and foremost – Gabriel Garcia Marquez


f) Don’t focus on the end goal excessively as you write – John Steinbeck


g) Make sure you write regularly and inspiration will come – Mario Vargas Llosa


h) Write to connect – Saul Bellow