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kindle Í On Writing × read Ö Long live the King hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the publication of Stephen King's On Writing Part memoir part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have KingD how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery Brilliantly structured friendly and inspiring On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it fans writers and anyone who loves a great story well toldback cov I read this shortly after finishing NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month this year actually it would be accurate to say I devoured it This is full of great writing advice and I'll need to get a copy and read it 1 2 times a year Most helpful? The section on grammar Seriously I never really learned grammarGould said something else that was interesting on the day I turned in my first two pieces write with the door closed rewrite with the door open Your stuff starts out being just for you in other words but then it goes out Once you know what the story is and get it right as right as you can anyway it belongs to anyone who wants to read itThe writer's original perception of a character or characters may be erroneous as the reader's Running a close second was the realization that stopping a piece of work just because it's hard either emotionally or imaginatively is a bad idea Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting positionYou can approach the act of writing with nervousness excitement hopefulness or even despair the sense that you can never completely put on the page what's in your mind and heart You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed ready to kick ass and take down names You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world Come to it any way but lightlyThe object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story Writing is seduction Good talk is part of seductionOnce I start work on a project I don't stop and I don't slow down unless I absolutely have to If I don't write every day the characters begin to stale off in my mind they begin to seem like characters instead of real people The tale's narrative cutting edge starts to rust and I begin to lose my hold on the story's plot and pace Worst of all the excitement of spinning something new begins to fade The work starts to feel like work and for most writers that is the smooch of deathIf I have to tell you I lose If on the other hand I can show you a silent dirty haired woman who compulsively gobbles cake and candy then have you draw the conclusion that Annie is in the depressive part of a manic depressive cycle I win And if I am able even briefly to give you a Wilkes' eye view of the world if I can make you understand her madness then perhaps I can make her someone you sympathize with or even identify with The result? She's frightening than ever because she's close to realWhat you should probably be doing is writing as fast as the Gingerbread Man runs getting that first draft down on paper while the shape of the fossil is still bright and clear in your mindThe scariest moment is always just before you start After that things can only get betterWriting is magic as much the water of life as any other creative art The water is free So drink Drink and be filled upReading is the creative center of a writer's life

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Comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have King's advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer from his struggling early career to his widely reported near fatal accident in 1999 an I know it's like saying puppies are cute but it bears repeating everyone who wants to write whether for a living or not simply must read this book On Writing did for me as a writer than anything and any success I've found as a storyteller can be traced to my reading it

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On WritingLong live the King hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the publication of Stephen King's On Writing Part memoir part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft Let's be honest Stephen King is not one of the greatest writers of all time He will never win a Pulitzer or a Nobel he might win a Newberry though if he ever decides to tap into the KidsYoung Adult market and on the few times his books are featured in the New York Times Book Review the reviewer will treat the book with a sort of haughty disdain knowing their time could be better spent trashing Joyce Carol Oates None of this should suggest however that King is not ualified to write a book about how to write Sure he churns out pulpy horror stories that are proudly displayed in airport bookstores but the man knows how to write a good story and he's probably one of the most well known non dead American authors in the world So he must be doing something right I'm not the biggest fan of King's books but I really enjoyed On Writing He talks about writing frankly and practically mixing tried and true pieces of advice fear the adverb never write repliedremarkedmutteredyelled etc when you can write said and don't be afraid to kill off your favorite character with anecdotes about how some of his books came about I especially liked the story behind Carrie King was working as a janitor at a high school and one night he was cleaning the girls' locker room He asked the other janitor what that little metal dispenser box on the wall was and the other man replied that it was for pussy pluggers At the same time King had been reading about how psychic abilities often manifest in girls just beginning to go through puberty He combined the two ideas and wrote out a couple pages that would turn into the opening of Carrie if you haven't read it you should Many thanks to King's wife who rescued the pages from the wastebasket after King first decided that the idea was stupid and threw them away So in conclusion even if you aren't a fan of Stephen King's work he has some very good advice about writing and storytelling plus some good stories of his own Sure you can call him a sellout But I like him Also he once said in an interview that Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn You stay classy Mr King