What Creative Writers Should Learn From William Faulkner’ Work

Image result for What Creative Writers Should Learn From William Faulkner’ WorkWilliam Faulkner was a great fiction writer and Nobel Prize-winner. He offered advice to writers when working at the University of Virginia. His public talks and lectures were tape-recorded and they are a great resource for people who want to improve their art of writing fiction. The following are some tips from the writer on how to write fiction:

Take what is necessarily from other writers

Faulkner believed that it is fine to borrow a useful technique or device from other writers. Therefore, writers should take whatever they need from other creative writers.

Style should not worry you

A good writer doesn’t worry about style. To a great extent, a story compels its own style. Therefore, writers shouldn’t bother a lot about style. If you bother about style, you will write precious emptiness.

Know your characters and you will not struggle to write a story

When you understand your characters well, events in a story flow naturally. According to Faulkner, once you have a character in your mind, and he is true and right, then he does the writing himself. All the writers need is to put down what the character says and does.

References

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3535.William_Faulkner

http://www.openculture.com/2013/03/seven_tips_from_william_faulkner_on_how_to_write_fiction.html

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/learn-to-write-like-william-faulkner-boost-your-descriptions-with-awesome-similes/

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