14 Tips From Stephen King’s On Writing


14 Tips From Stephen King‘s On Writing

  1. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:
    Read a lot and write a lot
  2. Stories consist of three parts
    Narration: Which moves the story from point A to point B
    Description: Which creates a sensory reality for the reader
    Dialogue: Which brings characters to life through their speech
  3. The Situation Come First.
    The characters – Always flat and unfeatured, to begin – come next
  4. Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like The Lord of the Rings, the work is always accomplished one word at a timeĀ 
  5. The most interesting situations can usually be expressed as a What – If Question
  6. The best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event
  7. With a passive verb , something is being done to the subject of the sentence. The subject is just letting it happen. You should avoid the passive tenseĀ 
  8. Talk, whether ugly or beautiful, is an index of character
  9. Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s
  10. The road to hell is paved with adverbs. Loudly, nastily, Slowly, Kindly, Softly.
  11. Never use ‘Emolument’ when you mean ‘tip’
  12. Set a daily writing goal. As with physical exercise, it would be best to set this goal low at first. I suggest a thousand words a day
  13. Call that one person you write for Ideal Reader. He or she is going to be in your writing room all the time
  14. If you can do it for joy, you can do it for ever.

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