Advice from Professional Writers (11)

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

Until next time,

~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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