Joyce Carol Oates, three time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, has published more than 100 books of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry over the past 50 years. Her literary achievement and distinction has led some critics to label her (perhaps out of envy) as "a word machine."
But, writing hasn’t always been easy even for someone as prolific and accomplished as Oates. In a National Book Award interview, Oates reveals she often has to force herself to write. “Each day is like an enormous rock that I'm trying to push up this hill. I get it up a fair distance, it rolls back a little bit, and I keep pushing it, hoping I'll get it to the top of the hill and that it will go on its own momentum,” she says.
If her writing experience sounds familiar, maybe you can glean some vital bits of insight on the craft from this literary stateswoman’s earnest, yet entertaining ‘10 Writing Tips.’ Oates shared the tips on her Twitter account to inspire writers. Some of the tips are elementary or abstract like Tip No. 1, while others offer specific writing guidance like Tip No. 6. Enjoy!
What would you add to the list?
-- Originally tweeted by Joyce Carol Oates.
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