Here is some of the great authors with their super advice for writers. I like George Orwell's quote: "Never use a long word where a short one will do." When I am reading and the author throws in some obscure, long word, it jolts me right out of the story--something you don't want to do as a writer.
Yes, those obnoxious long, drawn out pages of description or back story that we skip over in a novel.
Let your characters have inconsistencies to make them real.
I know exactly how Maya Angelou feels. I have to convince my muse too.
So much truth in Saul Bellow's quote. My characters often wake me up in the middle of the night with some important news, plotting, setting, etc., and I convince myself to get up and write it down lest it being lost by morning.
I think these authors hit the mark with their advice.
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