American Women Writers on Writing

Introduction:When seeking the best writing tips, consider the advice of these successful American women writers. Amy Tan, Anne Rice, Carly Simon, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Elizabeth Bishop each have something to offer the aspiring poet and author. Read on for their words of wisdom on the craft of writing.

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    Amy Tan

    In a November 2013 interview with NPR, novelist Amy Tan wisely said, "I never have trouble cutting pages." Click the link below for more information.

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    Anne Rice

    The Huffington Post interviewed Anne Rice in October 2013. The award-winning author of Interview with the Vampire stated, "I read books that feed my writing." Click the link below for more information.

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    Carly Simon

    A January 2010 Long Island Pulse interview quoted Carly Simon, then broaching the task of scribing her life story. "There's hardly a song that I've written that isn't autobiographical, because either it's my empathy or it originates in a feeling that I'm having," offered the iconic songwriter and children's book author. Click the link below for more information.

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    Edna St. Vincent Millay

    Activist, feminist, actress and lyricist Edna St. Vincent Millay once spoke to the vulnerability faced by many writers. "A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him." Click the link below for more information.

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    Elizabeth Bishop

    The author of One Art, a poem prominently featured in the movie, "In Her Shoes," starring Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth Bishop encourages writers to re-read their compositions. "If, after I read a poem, the world looks like that poem for 24 hours or so, I'm sure it's a good one - and the same goes for paintings." Click the link below for more information.




Final Thoughts

When you need help getting your creative juices flowing, polishing your masterpiece and working up the courage to send a submission, look to these American ladies of literary distinction. They've researched, written on deadline, dealt with what to cut and what to keep, poured themselves into their work, wondered if that work was good enough and still managed to win awards and respect. Make them your mentors and maybe some of their strength and good fortune will rub off on you.


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