Stephen king on writing


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On Writing By Stephen King

If you were going to learn how to cook, would you learn from someone who has a lot of experience, or from someone who has only been in the kitchen a few times? The answer is obvious, you would want to learn from someone with a lot of experience.

Stephen King has written 50 novels, 5 nonfiction books, and over 200 short stories. He is a master at his craft. That is why I was interested in pulling his book, "On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft.\" off of the shelf. I figured he would share a lot of good insight into how he was able to be such a prolific writer. I was not disappointed.

King provided a number of great rules for how to write a book. Interestingly enough, some of those rules seemed to fly in the face of conventional wisdom, others seemed to be in line with what other authors have said, and they were kind of a how to write, step by step, that I haven't seen anywhere else.

I really liked how Stephen's style is conversational, he just says what he thinks. Things like, write for yourself first, really resonated with me. Among the highlights of what he teaches are things like develop the character and how they react to the situation more than adhering to a plot. That is different that I have heard before, and actually makes a lot of sense.

His ideas on how to write faster focus on knowing a head of time what you are going to write about. He advocates reading a lot, in different genre, in order to be more rounded and to get a feeling about what good writing should be like.

I take his concluding rule to heart, writing is getting happy. Writing shouldn't feel like a drudgery, it is meant to uplift and improve the lives of those reading. It should therefore improve the life of the one writing.

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Stephen king on writing

  1. 1.  Stephen King has written 50 novels, 5 nonfiction books, and over 200 short stories.  Follow Successful Models  Follow Successful People  Copy what they do well  Add your own Unique Style
  2. 2.  Learning from those who went before can teach you a lot, and make your own road to success smoother, faster and easier.
  3. 3.  Stephen King has a pleasing conversational style that is easy to follow and entertaining.  He outlines some simple rules that he suggests every author follow.  The rules can help you with your writing.
  4. 4.  Many writers spend a lot of time on the plot of the story.  Stephen King believes it is better to focus on the development of characters.  The story will develop as you uncover more of the depth of the character in each chapter.
  5. 5.  The characters find themselves in unique situations.  Follow the character through their struggle of working their way through the current situation and the ones that follow to the end of the book.
  6. 6.  Adverbs are evil.  Actually they are redundant and not needed. You can just remove them from your writing.
  7. 7.  Write the story that you want to read.  Be true to yourself first.
  8. 8.  Read a lot.  Read different genre.  Read informational books and magazines.  Reading will teach you a lot about writing.
  9. 9.  If writing feels like pulling teeth, you are doing it wrong.  Writing is about enriching the lives of those who will read your work.  And about enriching your own life.
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