The Best Writing Advice, Ever

Since watching A Midnight In Paris with Owen Wilson, I have wondered what it be like to have Hemingway deconstructing my sentences. Then, I thought, what would it be like to have Gertrude Stein dissecting my novel or discuss my novel with the various writers or artisans that graces Paris in the twenties during that Movable Feast?

I have a lot of writing hero’s and writers that I admire. If I could resurrect any writer I think it would either be Jules Verne or Tolkien.

Why? I love the pace of Verne’s stories. They are simple tales indeed but, he is an expert of pace. The stories start out with a recruiting section. Once the adventure is plotted and the characters are selected the race to the end begins.

Tolkien, its obvious isn’t it? I would need his help developing my world. I have no plans on adding languages as that is a bit further that I would want to go, however, his expertise in realm creation would be appreciated.

How about you? Who are you writing heroes and why? Who would you seek for the best writing advice, ever? Post your answer in the comment section below.





6 thoughts on “The Best Writing Advice, Ever

  1. Hemingway, Robert B Parker and Louis L’Amour stand out for me. There is also Hammond Innes and Desmond Bagley and Lee Child and dozens of others. But the first three is my favourite, with Hemingway sitting on the throne.

    I would have loved to go fishing with Hemingway, to sit and talk shop and to understand him more and the process he went through with his writing. I’m interested in it because I’ve discovered that I am a particularly slow writer and sometimes I wonder whether my bleeding over the right word in the right sequence and the doubting demons I continuously duel with isn’t a procrastinating gimmick. I know it could take him days to refine a paragraph, but still, understanding is different than knowing.

    The rest of the names above are writers that wrote easy and wonderful adventures and I love them for the pure enjoyment they gave me throughout the years.

    Cheers for the article. I love these.

  2. I am ashamed to admit that I have never heard of Robert B. Parker. What do you recommend?

    I love the quote of Hemingway where he says the writer sits at the typewriter and bleeds.

    Thrilled that you like the questions/ideas which tumble out in blog form!

    1. I suppose it depends on your interests, but I would try any of the Spencer novels by Parker. I read across genres which makes it easy to read either just straight literature, or scifi or fantasy, or in this case hardboiled detective. Depends on one’s mood, really.

      Ironic how so many of the writers that had an impact on me are dead now.

  3. Yes, me too! I love the Holmes stories by Conan Doyle. I will have to check these out. I appreciate your tips for new writings/writers. I poked through the How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy a few weeks back by Card. Good recommendation.

  4. Julie Catherine

    Hmm, for me, it would be: Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, and most definitely, Tolkien. Stevenson was said to have been able to “pick the right word up on the point of his pen”; his writing was flawless and read effortlessly, and he was my favorite author of my childhood. Dickens has about the best character studies I’ve ever read – many of his characters were taken from real life, and are so believable and filled with depth … and, ahhhhhh, Tolkien … my very favorite! His development of other worlds, characters, plotlines, and pure genius of expression is simply to die for!

    Awesome post, Bob, loved it! 🙂

  5. Julie! How could I forget Dickens!?!? He is the most approachable Classic writer of all. I love, LOVE, reading him aloud. So many characters to choose from. Oh, to speak to the man or be a member in the audience at one of his readings. Wow. Really cannot believe I forgot him.

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