Writing – Guidance from Eight Nobel Prize Winners

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