13 Best Writing Tips From Stephen King

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13 Best Writing Tips From Stephen King

13 Best Writing Tips From Stephen King
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Stephen King has published over 50 books and written many modern classics including Carrie, The Shining, Misery, and The Stand, among others. He has also written extensively on writing and shared his own experiences as a writer. Read on for some of the best tips on writing from Stephen King. (Hint: Read more books!)

1. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

2. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

3. “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

4. “A short story is a different thing all together – a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.”

5. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

6. “So okay― there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You’ve blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.”

7. “If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

8. “I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.”

9. “Your job isn’t to find these ideas, but to recognize them when they show up.”

10. “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”

11. “The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.”

12. “Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot. It’s not just a question of how-to, you see; it’s also a question of how much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only dreams of writing will help you with the how. You can learn only by doing.”

13. “Bad writing is more than a matter of shit syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do― to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.”

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