8 tips on writing

A Filipino blogger, Jerome, collected a series of my comments on writing

On Confidence: You cannot sell your next book by underrating your book that was just published. Be proud of what you have.

On Trust:
Trust your reader, don’t try to describe things. Give a hint and they will fulfill this hint with their own imagination.

On Expertise: You cannot take something out of nothing. When you write a book, use your experience.

On Critics:
some writers want to please their peers, they want to be “recognized”. This shows insecurity and nothing else, please forget about this. You should care to share your soul and not to please other writers.

On Notetaking:
If you want to capture ideas, you are lost. You are going to be detached from emotions and forget to live your life. You will be an observer and not a human being living his or her life. Forget taking notes, what important remains what is not important goes away.

On Research:
If you overload your book with a lot of research, you are going to be very boring to yourself and to your reader. Books are not there to show how intelligent you are. Books are there to show your soul.

On Writing: I write the book that wants to be written. Behind the first sentence is a thread that takes you to the last.

On Style: Don’t try to innovate storytelling, tell a good story and it is magical. I see people trying to work so much in style, finding different ways to tell the same thing. It’s like fashion. Style is the dress, but the dress does not dictate what is inside the dress.



  1. Sandeep Shetty says:

    until I read the alchemist I was’nt livin my life. I was living in an intelligent world set up by this society. I was not who I was, everything seemed so artificial, monotonous, & a scary obsession of growth& money. but now I don’t care! my dream is resurrected & I started living again immersed in my dreams! thank u mr. coelho.

  2. Matt says:

    Thank-you for the tips sir! I just want you to know that your book the Alchemist has inspired me in many different ways! It’s allowed me to bridge my hard-science side with my faith/spiritual/creative side. Along the way of my studies, The Alchemist has helped me to become an alchemist of my own life and inspired my life to become totally transformed!