Nobel Prize Winners Writing Tips

Past prize winners tell how they became remembered.
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Nobel Prize Winners share... (Pictured: Travel Cut Refillable Leather Folio being used left-handed. Nobel coin.) This Week's Tips: Writing tips from authors who won the Nobel (such as Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez) are often worth taking to heart. Read 8 of the best pieces of writing advice from acclaimed authors: Don't use Dead Language: Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. In her Nobel lecture, Morrison contrasts 'dead language' that 'thwarts the intellect, stalls conscience, suppresses human potential' with language that is used with awareness and care. She classes sexist and racist language as the former, saying that they are 'the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.'
Make People Believe in Your Story: The Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The celebrated author of novels such as Cien aΓ±os de soledad (translated as A Hundred Years of Solitude) was also a journalist. When asked about the difference between journalism and writing fiction, Marquez answered thus: 'In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That's the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.' - Write to Connect: The great Canadian-American author Saul Bellow, who published 14 novels and novellas and won the Nobel for writing in 1976, beautifully described the intimacy between the writer and the reader: 'When you open a novel - and I mean of course the real thing - you enter into a state of intimacy with its writer. You hear a voice or, more significantly, an individual tone under the words ... It is more musical than verbal, and it is the characteristic signature of a  person, of a soul. Such a writer has power over distraction and fragmentation, and out of distressing unrest, even from the edge of chaos, he [or she] can bring unity and carry us into a state of intransitive attention. People hunger for this.' - Try This A Writing Prompt: Take your journal to a public place and describe what you see, smell, feel, and hear.
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Author: Colin Murdy
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