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On Writing by Stephen King

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Fully laden with inspiration to walk the walk and start that journey of writing a story of you’re own from short story to a full novel. Imagine great writers of the past like Dickens around to give advice to aspiring writers it’s a real opportunity to grasp.
This man, Stephen King, worked hard to make himself into a writer and had sheer determination, from working all hours to pay his college education to writing his first stories in a trailer. He was a single parent child with one brother. His life story is what dreams are made of, he defeated the single parent upbringing stereotype and made things work. When he was awaiting that call from his agent on selling the paperback rights for Carrie he was only expecting around a $40’000 mark and received an astonishing $400’000 payout. He really loves to write and does mention it was ‘never about the money.’ His marriage is solid and that helped his career, he met his wife Tabitha at a poetry workshop and both their loves for writing was an important ingredient to their marriage.
From a mill-worker to one of the greatest writers. He had written Running Man in a week and writes one word at a time, he tells us in his book that it’s all about the story never the plot.
Write what you know, fresh images and simple vocabulary believable characters graceful narration, and truth telling all the hallmarks of good writing.

It is really good to here him say that if you don’t have time to read you don’t have time to write, a bad story can teach the reader so much on how not to write a story. Reading is an essential core to successful story writing. As I ponder all this advice I am also looking to try and start writing a story.

He says that 1000 words a day is good and to all importantly have that room to write, cut yourself off from distractions, immerse yourself and close that door to the world and write one word at a time.

It was lovely to hear of his time in London at The Brown’s Hotel. He wrote at Rudyard Kipling’s desk the first words of his novel Misery.

Here is a photo of the table and what he said.

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“I wrote most of Misery by hand, sitting at Kipling’s desk in Brown’s Hotel in London…..Then I found out he died at the desk. That spooked me, so I quit the hotel.”

—From a 1998 interview with journalist Peter Conrad

Close that door, close out the world and immerse yourself in writing your story!

Some quotes from the book.

“Read to measure ourselves against the good and the greets and to what can be done.”

“If you don’t have the time to read you don’t have the time to write.”

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Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 18 November 2011

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