You cannot sell your next book by underrating your book that was just published. Be proud of what you have.
Trust your reader, don’t try to describe things. Give a hint and they will fulfill this hint with their own imagination.
You cannot take something out of nothing. When you write a book, use your experience.
Some writers want to please their peers, they want to be “recognized”. This shows insecurity and nothing else, please forget about this. You should care to share your soul and not to please other writers.
If you want to capture ideas, you are lost. You are going to be detached from emotions and forget to live your life. You will be an observer and not a human being living his or her life. Forget taking notes. What is important remains, what is not important goes away.
If you overload your book with a lot of research, you are going to be very boring to yourself and to your reader. Books are not there to show how intelligent you are. Books are there to show your soul.
I write the book that wants to be written. Behind the first sentence is a thread that takes you to the last.
Don’t try to innovate storytelling, tell a good story and it is magical. I see people trying to work so much in style, finding different ways to tell the same thing. It’s like fashion. Style is the dress, but the dress does not dictate what is inside the dress.
If you are looking for more writing advice from Paulo Coelho, one of the bestselling and most influential authors in the world, check out his Youtube channel. In the videos below from the channel, Coelho shares his process for writing a book using Aleph – his deeply personal 2011 novel about faith – as an example.
These tips were collated by Jerome Ibuyan. Reproduced with permission. You can follow Jerome on Twitter @Jerome_Ibuyan.