Billy Wilder’s Tips for Writers

“Maybe nobody’s perfect but Billy Wilder comes as close to it as you’ll find among filmmakers in Hollywood today, and also yesterday.” – Jack Lemmon Six-time Oscar winner Billy Wilder is one of the most…

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Teju Cole’s Rules On Writing

  In this guest post Emmanuel Iduma, co-publisher and creative director of Saraba Magazine, shares some inspiring and practical advice from Teju Cole. Eight Letters to a Young Writer evolved as a fictional exercise addressed by Teju Cole to…

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23 Writing Tips from Booker-Prize Winning Authors

I. Eleanor Catton, winner in 2013 for The Luminaries “Read everything. You can learn from everything that has a narrative—books, of course, but also films, TV shows, computer games, advertisements, conversations, speeches, articles, the news. Read…

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3 Writing Tips from George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R.R. Martin’s mind-bogglingly successful A Song of Ice and Fire series, was first published on this day in 1996. Martin is frequently asked for advice by aspiring…

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Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories

By S.S. Van Dine, a pseudonym for art critic and detective novelist Willard Huntington Wright. First published in The American Magazine in September 1928.  The detective story is a kind of intellectual game. It is more — it…

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