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This post honours 5 bestselling authors who’ve taken the time to give back to the writing community by putting clear, useful and free advice about writing and publishing on their websites. Let’s go.
Judy Blume is an award winning author writing mainly for children and teens. She’s a passionate campaigner for anti-censorship having had several of her books banned or placed on ‘do not read’ lists — her books have dared to tackle subjects like menstruation, masturbation, grief, and sexuality. I’ve just finished reading her book Tiger Eyes which is a lovely book about grief and recovery.
Check out Judy’s website, she’ very open about her writing methods and creative process, as well as giving clear advice about how to get published.
Ian Irvine is an Australian bestelling fantasy author who has published more than 30 books. His website has a long and detailed section for writers which clearly explains the publishing process as well as excellent tips for creating suspense, creating characters and writing emotion. I haven’t read any of his books but stumbled across his website a few years back and I still visit it from time to time.
Check out Ian’s website, I feel like I should read at least one of his books — after all he has a cool surname.
R.L. Stine is one of the world’s most successful authors selling over 400 million books in 35 different languages. His spooky, scary books have been delighting kids (and adults) for decades. His website is cool too.
You can learn heaps about writing from his FAQ, plus his downloadable writing program for teachers and educators. The writing program covers finding and developing ideas, getting started writing, and dealing with writer’s block.
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of 5 novels and 4 memoirs, as well as a feature writer for publications like The New Yorker, Elle and The Tin House. Dani teaches writing workshops all over the world and shares lots of details about her creative process in her blog. There’s loads to be learned by browsing over her website which also features many videos and transcripts of her interviews. She also published a book Still Writing: the perils and pleasure of a creative life which delivers her best advice for writers everywhere.
Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. She’s published plenty of other books too and most recently Big Magic: creative living beyond fear. While Elizabeth doesn’t have a lot of written content she has an excellent Podcast interviewing authors, motivators and creatives. There’s a lot to be learned even though most of the episodes were published in 2016. Check it out.
I’m sure you can find some cool stuff on any of these 5 websites. Buy their books too. We could all do with a few extra readers who support our work.
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