Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers (Electric Literature)

If you’re looking for adviceĀ on how to write long-winded, poorly-paced, male-centric bestsellers, you can park yourself right here. Some Tolkien enthusiast (apparently there are a lot of them) cobbled together random letter excerpts and life experiences meant to represent Tolkien’s writing strategies, then turned them into a text-heavy infographic.

All I can say is GRAIN OF SALT, people. Tip #8, “Real People Make Great Characters,” is only true if you don’t mind getting sued for slander. And please, please ignore Tip #7, “Dreams Give Us Inspiration.” Stephenie Meyer based Twilight on a dream, and look where that got us.