November 26, 2013

The Advice Read - Stephen King

When I picked up Stephen King's "On Writing" I wasn't necessarily sold that I would find the advice I was looking for.

First, this book wasn't in the self-help section.
Second, I've never read a Stephen King novel.

"On Writing" is half-memoir, half writing advice. King has written over 150 short stories, and over 50 books, so his reputation is sound. Once I began reading, I became a hooked student, sitting at the imaginary front of the class, absorbing as much as I could.

His writing advice is simple, such as: write 1000 words a day even if you're not inspired; always use "said" when writing dialogue, the rest if fluff. And while I tried to write 1000 words a day (and got pretty far) I've now fallen off that wagon, and have set a new goal of just writing something every day.
I found most of his advice On Writing, so valuable that I started sharing with anyone who would listen.

While this book may be more beneficial for people who are looking to improve their craft, the first half is about King's childhood and journey to becoming a writer. The quote I chose to highlight from the book can apply to all areas of life, even if you're not about to write a novel. Enjoy! x

"The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better."