Sep 9, 2001


I've never read a book by Stephen King. Haven't even seen an entire film that's based on one of his novels. Too much cruelty. But I just read his ON WRITING. Basically, a collection of advice on how to and how not to write. Examples:

When you write a story, you're telling yourself the story. When you rewrite the story, you take out all the things that are not the story.

Write using the active and not the passive. Like "The meeting's at seven" as opposed to "The meeting will be held at seven o'clock."

The paragraph and not the sentence is the basic writing unit.

To be a writers you must do two things alot: Read and write.

A good writer knows how to transform characters into people.

Description begins in the writer's imagination but should finish in the reader's.

Keep it simple...learn to say more with less.

Boredom can be creative.

Revision for Length Formula: second draft = first draft minus 20%

The scariest moment of writing is always just before you start.

A good writer is one that you want to read.

Do what it takes.....James Joyce's vision started to get really bad so he took to wearing a milkman's uniform while writing. It was white and Joyce believed it caught sunlight and reflected more light onto the page while he wrote.


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