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SUMMARY · On Writing ☆ 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 King's advice is grounded iD 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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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. ”Writing isn’t about making money getting famous getting dates getting laid or making friends In the end it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work and enriching your own life as well It’s about getting up getting well and getting over Getting happy okay Getting happy”I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to over my lifetime who wanted to write a book Most didn’t know what they wanted to write about but some of them wanted to write their autobiography because their life had been so thrilling I think my life has been reasonably boring and it usually turns out that my life has been ten times exciting than theirs When situations like this happen to me it is usually mildly amusing but it can uickly turn to sneering when the person reveals to me that they don’t have time to read or don’t really like to read Don’t talk to me about writing a book if you don’t read Don’t talk to me about NOT having time to read What does Stephen King have to say about this”If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others read a lot and write a lot There’s no way around those two things”Now why would someone not want to read Maybe it depends on when they were born ”But TV came relatively late to the King household and I’m glad I am when you stop to think of it a member of a fairly select group the final handful of American novelists who learned to read and write before they learned to eat a daily helping of video bullshit”Now someone needs to wrap me in cellophane and stand me up in a museum because I’m probably one of the youngest members of that elite group I grew up on a farm in the middle of bumfrilling Kansas where a twenty foot antenna could only pull in three TV channels and one of those channels rolled most of the time TV had no real impact on my life until I left home at the age of 18 and moved to Phoenix Thank ZeusNow I have young wannabe writers writing me from all over the world sending me links to “hilarious” YouTube videos or they talk to me about binging all weekend on a Netflix show They are completely enad with spoon fed entertainment and what they find funny is to me like paddling around in the kiddy pool of humor in the book world I wonder why I’m so grumpy”A novel like The Grapes of Wrath may fill a new writer with feelings of despair and good old fashioned jealousy ’I’ll never be able to write anything that good not if I live to be a thousand’ but such feelings can also serve as a spur goading the writer to work harder and aim higher”I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt that way Whenever I read a wonderful book like The Great Gatsby or meet a character like Atticus Finch I fall on my bed and stare at the ceiling and think why am I harboring any thoughts that I can write a novel My problem of course is that I don’t want to just write a novel I want to write a fantastic novel I don’t want to just entertain people; I want them to feel the socks ripped off their feet and have them floating around in the air around their head when they read my novel Stephen King will go into a time when he was struggling with alcohol and using drugs or should I say abusing drugs He will tell you all about the accident that nearly ended his life which happened while he was writing this book He will talk about trials and tribulations He will recommend books There is a whole list of modern books in the back of this book that impressed the hell out of him and impacted his writing The point is of course that even though he is probably the most famous writer on the planet he is still learning still enjoying reading and still writing every day I take a book everywhere I go I take a book with me to work every day and read a page or two while my computer is booting up I have a book with me all the time because I never know when I will be sitting in road work or waiting on a doctor or gleefully reading in the glow of my flashlight beam on the pages of my book waiting for the power to come back on at work I live to read I live to write I fornicate somewhere in the middle This has been one of the most inspiring books about writing I’ve ever read King talked about examples of the work ethics of writers but the one that resonated with me the most was Anthony Trollope He used to write EXACTLY for two and half hours every day before going to the post office If his writing time was up he would stop in the middle of a sentence and head to work If he finished a novel fifteen minutes before his time was up he wrote THE END and started immediately into his next novel It brought tears to my eyes because that is what it means to be a writerdedication to the craft If you want to get rich go be a frilling stock broker If you want to write then turn the suawk box off and search for those buried fossils in the words swimming around in your head King calls good ideas fossils For me writing is like when Michelangelo used to lay his head on a block of marble and listened to the voices in the stone that wanted to be freed All you have to do is chisel those characters free and give them life If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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On WritingComprising 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. So it's become very clear to me now that very few writers actually write about the craft The only Latin American writer to do so Mario Vargas Llosa who took several years off of his busy novel writing to write about his now ex pal Gabriel Garcia Maruez But I suddenly forgot who the King was no I mean literally I've not read him in years High school being the prime time for Stephen King all the guy has useful insight no shit because he is not only prolific uber successful he got 400000 for his first novel “Carrie” but because let’s all admit it he’s pretty damn good Maybe prose is not the forte per se but story sure is think of how many times he has tapped the vein of the zeitgeist to produce visceral emblematic and modern monsters It's interesting to compare this with the only other non fiction I’ve read of late “The Perpetual Orgy” “Letters to a Young Novelist” by the already mentioned Peruvian auteur They both Vargas Llosa and King tell us to seriously commit to writing to write write write write WRITE but even splendidly they endorse heavy reading duh I love Stephen King uotes like this little morsel of truth “If you don’t have the time to read you don’t have the time or the tools to write” Take that non reading punks verging perilously close to ignoramuses Let me recall some of the stuff I’ve learned the rest has been absorbed as if by osmosis 1 rewrite at least two times once the novel has been completed 2 write read for at least 5 hours every single day 3 IMPORTANT look for an editor they are eager for new talent King says 4 VERY IMPORTANT begin a serious submitting process L Williford has always emphasized the importance of this 5 write solely to your IR Ideal Reader it's all super helpful Perhaps the “Toolbox” section is its weakest part inversely MVL’s bag of tricks is on glorious display in “Letters” though he never mentions the publishing process like King does going over rudimentary English is I am forced to admit uite lame But King does seem enthusiastic throughout as only the best teachers are in the classroom—his tone is one of slight optimism for the developing novelist He cheers you on THE Stephen King Bottom line INVALUABLE stuff a few awesome for the fans confessional tidbits some golly good pointers