Writing is easy: All you have to do is start writing, finish writing, and make sure it’s good. But here’s some vastly more useful wisdom and advice from people who seriously know what the hell they’re talking about.
1. Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway

2. Elmore Leonard Elmore Leonard

Image?by?DERMOT CLEARY / AP 3. Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov

4. Toni Morrison Toni Morrison

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6. E.L. Doctorow E.L. Doctorow

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8. Elmore Leonard Elmore Leonard

Image?by?Carlos Osorio / AP 9. John Steinbeck John Steinbeck

10. Stephen King Stephen King

Image?by?Mark Lennihan / AP 11. Ralph Waldo Emmerson Ralph Waldo Emmerson

12. Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman

13. Maya Angelou Maya Angelou

Image?by?Jemal Countess / Getty Images 14. James Patterson James Patterson

Image?by?Deborah Feingold / Reuters 15. Stephen King Stephen King

Image?by?MIKE SEGAR / Reuters 16. Mark Twain Mark Twain

17. Toni Morrison Toni Morrison

Image?by?Frank Polich / Getty Images 18. Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe

19. John Steinbeck John Steinbeck

20. Annie Dillard Annie Dillard

21. Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury

Image?by?STEVE CASTILLO / AP 22. Saul Bellow Saul Bellow

Image?by?ELISE AMENDOLA / AP 23. Erica Jong Erica Jong

24. Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut

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26. Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway

27. Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein

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29. Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman

30. G.K. Chesterton G.K. Chesterton

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