10 writing advice and insight from the author of 'Americanah'

"If you are finding the writing process tough, take a break and eat some chocolate."

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

1. Listen to conversations and watch what people do

"I listen to conversations and I watch people at airports to pick up ideas for characters."

2.Read, Read, Read and Read.

"My writing advice is read, read, read: you don’t have to like what you read but it demystifies writing."

3. Give your story color and bring it to life.

"Writing has texture to it: you need to pick up on real, human details to bring a story to life."

4. Tell the Truth

"Tell the truth in your writing even if it means people aren’t going to like it"

5. Write for yourself!

"The reader I write for is me. It keeps me honest as I don’t try to pander to anyone’s view."

6. Keep notes and ask questions.

"I keep notes, I don’t mind my own business ever!"

7. Writing should make you happy

"I love writing, it’s what makes me happy and that joy is what keeps me going if I struggle with writing a book"

And finally she tells you.

8. Take a Break and eat chocolate!


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