Dr Seuss’ Writing Advice

Dr Seuss' Writing Advice

This article has arrived sooner on the website than I planned so to give it some space from our Stephen King article. However, when you find out it is Dr Seuss‘ birthday it seems wrong not to publish an article collecting together some of Dr Seuss’ Writing Advice.

Before we start with his advice let’s talk about the man himself for a moment. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel on the 2nd of March 1904, Dr Seuss went onto write 46 children’s books, many considered to be classics.

10 Writing Lessons from Dr. Seuss

To help you write as many books as Dr Seuss and to the same quality (hopefully) Joe Bunting on The Write Practice has pulled together 10 Lessons Dr. Seuss Can Teach Writers. They are:

  1. Books Should Be Fun
  2. Never Condescend to Your Audience
  3. Give Your Writing Rhythm
  4. Multiply the Chaos
  5. Then, Resolve
  6. Be a Perfectionist
  7. Cut Your Book Down to Its Essence
  8. Get Influence from Folklore
  9. Travel Widely
  10. Work Hard, Be Patient, and Be Ready for Luck to Strike

Of course Joe has written a lot of detail for each point which you can read in his article10 Lessons Dr. Seuss Can Teach Writers. Like all The Write Practice there is a writing exercise as well so check it out.

Constraints Aren’t Your Enemy

Point ten on The Write Practice is delved into by James Clear on The Write Life in their article The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used To Create His Greatest Work (And Why You Should Use It Too). The story in question is Green Eggs and Ham and its orgins are explained at the start of James‘ article. We are focusing on how other wriers could learn from the constraints placed on Dr Seuss while writng Green Eggs and Ham.

As the sub-title of this section suggests the point of James‘ article is that constraints aren’t your enemy. Instead they can do two, very positive things. They are:

  1. inspire your creativity, and
  2. force you to get something done

There is of course a lot more to James‘ article The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used To Create His Greatest Work (And Why You Should Use It Too) so I would head over to The Write Life now and give it a read.

What is your favourite piece of Dr. Seuss advice? Perhaps more importantly what is your favourite Dr. Seuss book?

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