J.R.R. Tolkien Offers Tips for Writers

    2nd December 1955:  British writer J R R Tolkien (1892 - 1973), enjoying a pipe in his study at Merton College, Oxford, where he is a Fellow. Original Publication: Picture Post - 8464 - Professor J R R Tolkien - unpub.  (Photo by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images)

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    The letters of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien have been turned into a nifty infographic by EssayMama.com called “J.R.R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers.” The website used The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, as edited by Humphrey Carpenter, to put together tips like “Vanity Is Useless: ‘I certainly hope to leave behind me the whole thing [LOTR] revised and in final form, for the world to throw into the waste-paper basket. All books come there in the end, in this world, anyway.’ –Letter to Sir Stanley Unwim on 31 July 1947.” Other Tolkien tidbits include “Keep a Stiff Upper Lip,” “Listen to Critics,” and “Let Your Interests Drive Your Writing.” 

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