Advice from the Masters: Tom Clancy

  |   Better Writing Print Friendly and PDF

Tom Clancy was one of the best-selling authors of all time. He didn’t think of himself as an author, though. In his own words:

“Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.”

Think of yourself as a storyteller and the story rules. You pick your words based on the story you’re telling. But when you write like a writer, you let style and “rules” get in the way of the story.

Don’t write like a writer. Write like Tom Clancy. Tell the story.

Business Authors: here are some more lessons from Tom Clancy.

Here’s a link to the last time Tom Clancy give us “Advice from the Masters.”

Want more? Check out the complete list of Advice from the Masters posts.

Join The Conversation

What People Are Saying

There are no comments yet, why not be the first to leave a comment?