12 Tips From Gabriel Garcia Marquez for Writers

Desiree Peralta


I love learning from prominent writers. I think that one of the most rewarding ways to grow is by reading about what talented authors have for us.

One that I learned the most these days is from Gabriel García Márquez, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century who put Latin American literature on the world map. He was a Colombian scriptwriter, editor, and journalist.

In this article, I bring you 12 inspirational quotes for writers from Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which have helped me throughout my career and motivation.

Write about what you know

“There is not a single line in my work that has no basis in reality.”

When you write about something that you are passionate about, the words come out on their own. You don’t have to Google; you don’t have to do surveys; you don’t have to ask anyone else. You just sit back and let your thoughts flow.

If you write about something that you do not know just because you think it will have more views, you will spend hours sitting in front of the computer without inspiration, looking for sources to validate what you think it’s correct, and trying to look intellectual to those who will read you.

The personal touch you put on your stories makes an article wonderful.

Get inspired by life

I find my background in things of daily life, in life, and not in masterpieces.

Many people sit in front of a computer waiting for inspiration to come to them. Others find inspiration as they live. I consider that the best pieces of writing that I have achieved have been conversations that I have had with a friend or experiences of my day to day that I put on paper.

When you have inspiration from life, it is easier to write. Because they are things that have happened to you and you have experience. Words flow when we are inspired by what is happening around us. Because we don’t force them, they come.

Keep in touch with reality

Trying to incorporate reality into fiction can lead to losing contact with it.

Many times we lock ourselves in work and lose everything that is happening around the world. With remote work and the pandemic, many times we work just as the sun rises, and we don’t get up from our chair until it is dark. This can affect our mental health and performance.

Working writing means that we have to take a break and come back to reality, so as not to get lost. This is one tip that has helped me the most to my productivity since write doesn’t mean you have o sit down and try to do as many words as possible in a day, but to work until you are proud of what you have done.

Trust your intuition

For a novelist, intuition is essential.

How many times have you thought an article is good enough to publish it? Or that an idea is good to be told? That is our intuition. We know when something will be a success or not, and if we follow it, we can achieve great things.

As writers, intuition is an important part of the development of our writing, it is what allows us to understand how we should develop a story.

Look for the topic and the way

Inspiration comes when you find the right topic and the right way to treat it.

It is not about having a specific topic to write about. It is knowing that you are the right person to tell it. When I find out what I’m going to write about today, I ask myself, why am I the most suitable person to write about this? And if I have an answer, then I write.

Anyone can talk about plants. But if you love plants and have experience with them, you are the best person to talk about them. Your point of view and how you treat a topic differentiates you from all the others.

Find the necessary voice tone

When I finally found out which voice to use, I sat down to work every day for 18 months.

“Watch your tone!” Did you hear this as a kid? Then you probably know that the tone can affect your spoken communication: If you don’t strike the right tone, your listeners might miss what you’re saying because of how you’re saying it.

If you wonder how your message comes across to others, try writing messages in different ways. The right tone is what will help your story to be better told. Depending on the topic, you will have an original idea of how to treat your readers.

Pay attention to the technique

The structure is a purely technical problem, and if you don’t learn it early, you will never learn it.

The way you are writing your story will determine how understandable it will be to your readers. Knowing how to tell it can be the key to success.

The first paragraph is the most important

The first paragraph is a kind of sample of what the rest of the book will be.

The title is the first thing people will see on a page or book. It’s your first impression on readers. However, the title doesn’t keep them reading through your blog content. That’s the job of the introduction.

Believe it or not, you have less than 3 seconds to make a good enough impression to get your readers to stay. Sometimes even less than that. So what you say next in your post is vital if you want to retain them. If your introduction is weak, it will discourage the reader from reading further, even if the title was good. You could have a great blog post, but if the intro doesn’t convince them, the rest of the content won’t.

Boost your credibility

A writer can write what he wants as long as he can make it believable.

I will never forget an article I read about how you can lie in your articles. As long as you are compelling enough to inspire the reader, you can write anything. There are authors who write so well that you can believe anything they say. Because they have made a brand.

When the fault in our stars went on sale, many people believed the oxygen tank and the heart device of the protagonist was real, because how the author wrote about the girl’s illness was completely convincing.

Another example was Eminem and his song Stan. In an interview, the girl asked if the story of the song was real, to which he replied that everything he wrote was from his imagination.

Have discipline

I believe you cannot write a worthwhile book without extraordinary discipline.

A writer with a powerful creative discipline sits down to work, and immediately his brain understands it must produce ideas and knows how to do it. We can simplify the process, because not only do narrative doors arrive, but your mind immediately eliminates those that do not work.

Discipline differentiates us from those who do things as a hobby. It is what leads us to improve every day.

Watch your health

To be a good writer you have to be lucid at every moment of writing and have good health.

I believe health is the most important thing we have. If we are healthy, we can achieve anything. However, you can have all the millions in the world, but if you lack health, you cannot enjoy it.

For this reason, take care of your health every day. Write only when you’ve slept well. Eat an excellent breakfast before you start work and walk at least three times a week. You realize that the productivity and creativity that your mind has depends a lot on your energy and health. That is why you must take care of it correctly.

Work hard

Literature basically involves very little magic and a lot of hard work.

Many people believe success is luck. That one day someone gets up in the morning having everything they always dreamed of. This is completely false. Success is something that you build day by day. It results from the effort and commitment that we put into our dreams.

If you want to achieve something, you must work for it. Success is there for those who day by day get up and pursue what they want.

Final thoughts

I hope these tips help you grow as a writer as much as I do and inspire you next time you write. Remember that a professional writer is an amateur that didn’t quit, hard work is what will lead us to success, and health is our most important asset.

How do you inspire people around you?

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Yonkers, NY

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