Write Better: Advice from 116 Writers

By Alexis Rodrigo | Copywriting

Feb 22
How to Become a Better Writer
"To become a better writer, first be a better reader."

That's what I believe.

So if you're wondering how to become a better writer, bookmark Maria Popova's reading list of advice from 116 of the world's best writers in her post, "Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers." 

I'm geeking out because the list includes my all-time favorites like Isabel Allende, E. B. White, and Margaret Atwood.

And if you're a copywriter, "10 No-Bullshit Tips on Writing" from David Ogilvy is a must-read.

The list also includes quotes from each writer, like:

“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.” - Jennifer Egan
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.” - Anne Lamott
“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.” - Isabel Allende

Read through the articles on Popova's list and, beware, you might become a better writer.

"To become a better writer, first be a better reader." 

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Is your favorite writer on the list? What's your favorite writing advice?

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About the Author

Lexi Rodrigo is a communication and marketing professional for multimillion-dollar businesses, co-author of Blog Post Ideas: 21 Proven Ways to Create Compelling Content and Kiss Writer's Block Goodbye, and host of "Marketing Insights LIVE!." Connect with Lexi on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

  • Kelly says:

    You’re sharing such great resources Lexi!

    • Alexis Rodrigo says:

      Thank you, Kelly, thanks for the kind words and for the practical instruction on how to properly curate content. It feels good to share the work of these brilliant people 😀

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