One of my favorite things about this blog is when I come across topics that other writers find helpful in their writing. These posts will get the most views, and I think the writers I reach here are thankful for my love to share the things I’ve gathered in my toolbox over the years. I may not be famous – yet, but I am grateful to share these bits and pieces of advice.
So, here is some advice from William Goldman. If you aren’t familiar with his name, William Goldman was a Novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. Mr. Goldman’s legendary career spanned fifty years.
He was born on August 12th, 1931, and died on November 16th, 2018.
He won two Academy Awards for the screenplays during his illustrious career, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men. His novels included Marathon Man, and The Princess Bride, both of which Goldman adapted for film. He also wrote two non-fiction books about his experiences in Hollywood, Adventures in the screen trade, and Which Lie Did I Tell?
Here, he offers some practical, concise advice for writers. He believed life would probably be easier for editors, publishers, and readers if more writers followed these rules.
William Goldman’s 10 Commandments On Writing