The Wisdom Of Great Writers

Maria Popova compiles a remarkably eclectic “reading list” of all the advice on writing from famous authors she’s featured on Brain Pickings over the years, ranging from 19th century figures like Herbert Spencer to contemporary writers such as Mary Karr. Here’s an aphorism she includes from Kurt Vonnegut:

Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.