On Writing by Stephen King
My rating: 8/10
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To be a writer, read a lot and write a lot (4 to 6 hours a day).
You 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. Come it any way but lightly. You must not come lightly to the blank page.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
You must be prepared to some serious turning inward toward the life of the imagination, and that means that Jay Leno must go. Reading takes time, and TV takes too much of it.
You can read anywhere, almost, but when it comes to writing, library, park benches, and rented flats should be courts of last resort. The space can be humble and it needs only one thing: a door which you are willing to shut. The closed door is your way of telling the world and yourself that you mean business; you have made a serious commitment to write and intend to walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Beginner writer: eliminate every posible ditraction.
Write about anything you damn well want. Anything at all… as long as you tell the truth.
Write what you like, then imbue it with life and make it unique by blending your own personal knowledge of life, friendship, relationships, sex and work(people love to read about work). What you know makes you unique in some other way. Be brave. Map the enemy’s position, come back, and tell us what you know.
Try any goddam thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn’t, toss it. Toss it even if you love it. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch once said, “Murder your darlings”.
2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%.