Advice from the Masters: John Updike

Jul 30, 2014 | Better Writing

John Updike is one of only three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize twice. His writing was known for careful craftsmanship and attention to detail, even though he produced a book a year for most of his career. Here’s his advice about working as a writer taken from his interview with the Academy of Achievement. I think it’s valid whether writing is the way you make a living or just something you take seriously.

“Try to develop actual work habits and, even though you have a busy life, try to reserve an hour, say, or more a day to write. Very good things have been written on an hour a day.”

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