Sharing Some Writing Tips (based on Interviews with some mainly famous American Writers)


Article Title: Sharing Some Writing Tips (based on Interviews with some mainly famous American Writers)

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“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

“If you have knowledge, let others light a candle to it.”
– Margaret Fuller

That’s a metaphor, btw!

Sharing Some Writing Tips (based on Interviews with some mainly famous American Writers)

– Hunter Thompson

“I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this.”
– Cormac McCarthy

Introduction (Submitter’s Note):
This article was based on some interviews with famous American writers and is written in point form, from notes that I’ve taken from my many years of research in the area of writing.

The quotations in this piece were based on a number of excellent books on writing: ‘Write and Be Published’ by Anna Rogers, ‘The New Zealand Writer’s Handbook’ by John Parsons, and ‘On Being a Writer’, edited by Bill Strickland.

These three excellent books were a great help to me early in my writing “career”. I’m sharing this piece in the spirit of helping aspiring* writers and hope this “info” may be helpful to you in writing creatively.


I believe that anyone with a little talent can become a writer, look at what Judith Krantz has achieved. It’s not so hard to write, the trick is staying a writer, day after day, month after month, year after year. A single book doesn’t make a writer – but the totality of one’s work does.

NB: Always write to please yourself. I have to write – write from the heart, the gut.

James Michener only started writing at the age of 40. He thinks as he walks. Think about the next days writing in advance.

In fiction, SHOW rather than tell. The way you learn to write is to write. Practice makes “purrfect”…and that’s how good writers perfect their craft. Read a lot: novels, fiction – that’s how you learn to write well. Rewrite and re-write, which is “fine tuning” your story. It’s like polishing a fine gem from a rough stone.

Ernest Hemingway: “There is no sense in writing anything that has been written before…unless you can beat it.”

“Work every day – no matter what has happened the day or night before. Stop when you’re writing well. Then you’ll never get stuck.”
– Ernest Hemingway

The human mind works subconsciously, while you are relaxing. If you worry, your brain gets tired.
Concentration and focus, I believe, is the key to writing

“If you write a hundred short stories, and they are
all bad, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. You fail only if you stop writing.”
– Ray Bradbury

Erica Jong: The theme running through all of her books is the quest for self knowledge. Van Goch only sold one picture in his lifetime – to his brother! A glimmer of hope for me then!

“I am a drinker with a writing problem.”
– Brendan Behan
“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
Jules Renard
– Hunter Thompson
“The best way to learn about a subject is to write a book about it.”
“I do my thinking through my fingers…and clarify them by typing them on my computer”
– me
“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.”JAMES MICHENER”The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.”GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
“No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.”RUSSELL LYNES


PACE, PLOT (getting from point A to point B) and THEME are important here; but the key element in fiction is CHARACTER. It makes the people come alive; so that THEY tell the story. So write visually.

Joseph Wambaugh (author of The Onion Field) said: “There are writers around with more talent than I; but there are none more DISCIPLINED than I.”

Wambaugh sets a goal of writing at least 1000 words a day. If an emergency stops him, he writes 2000 words the next day.

“If fiction can illuminate reality the way that non-fiction can, I’m happy. But my goal is never to be didactic.”
– interesting, young and talented US author, Nick McDonell (author of the newly released ‘An Expensive Education’)

Irving Stone on how to write:

1. Dramatize
2. Use plenty of dialogue
3. Bring your characters to life
4. Use anecdotes and humour.

“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’;t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”

-Ray Bradbury, American writer, died recently age 91

In summary…
Writing for me is a mixture of TALENT, DISCIPLINE and especially, PERSISTENCE. Persevere and stick with it – no matter what!

I don’t believe one can be taught to write; but you can be taught to communicate. If you can’t take the criticism, you’re not a writer. The “crit” may read a book in 2 or 3 days and not get into it; because critiquing is so subjective.

* PUSH yourself daily. Develop good writing habits.
* STICK WITH IT – DISCIPLINE is the key here. Then,
* TRUST in your ability.

I’m much more into practice than theory, but regard creative writing as “fully using one’s ‘creatitivity’ through the creative imagination (subconscious mind) in putting words to paper to tell a tale, or attempting to get a message or moral through to one’s readers.”

How’s this for a simile?…

“Her breasts heaved like untethered Zeppelins.”
Time then to start writing that Mills and Boon romantic novel now, Craig!

or this one: “He farted like the crack of thunder…

or should that read “like a bolt of thunder”

(Wrote that in the middle of last night as inspired by the deafening emissions of a house-boarder)

As a potter moulds the clay, in sculpting your story, just be the very best you can be…
in living your writing, as well as your life

Shared by Craig Lock (Eagle Productions Books)

“It took me 15 years to find out that I had no talent for writing, but by then I couldn’t give it up, because by then I was too famous to give up.”
– Robert Benchley

What’s the definition of an aspiring writer?
A waiter!

What’s the difference between a writer and a family pizza?
The pizza can feed a
family of four!

About the submitter:
Craig loves writing; but then what other job would be suitable for him!

‘Write Rite and be Published: All that I Know about Writing, How to Write Creatively’. This e-book is available at +

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including ‘Write Rite and be Published: All that I Know about Writing, How to Write Creatively are available at: and (e-books)

The submitter’s blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

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All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE!

Happy writing and enjoy the journey of self discovery, by playing the very best melodies that are in you.

“The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.”
– Alan Cohen



“If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”


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One Response to “Sharing Some Writing Tips (based on Interviews with some mainly famous American Writers)”

  1. craiglock Says:

    Reblogged this on Craig's Books.

    for the follow/link/like/reblog and/or comment


    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT .. together with hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs at
    …true!) …obsessive or WHAT! *So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued, so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so have had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me – sorry and hope you can understand..

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”


    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand


    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)


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