We happened to have the same audio reader, a brilliant voice actor named Frank Muller. In November Frank was in a horrible motorcycle accident that left him brain damaged, incapacitated and barely able to speak. Needless to say, when my assistant told me Stephen King was on the phone, I quickly ran through my list of practical joking friends to decide how to greet whoever was claiming to be him.
Listen to the advice of writers who earn their daily bread with their pens.
During the past week, lists of writing commandments by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard above and William Safire have buzzed around Twitter. So we decided to collect them and add tips from a few other veterans -- namely, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and Neil Gaiman. Work on one thing at a time until finished.
Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand. Work according to the program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time! Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers. See people; go places, drink if you feel like it.
Work with pleasure only. Discard the Program when you feel like it—but go back to it the next day. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.
Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. Never use a long word where a short one will do. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
Never use the passive where you can use the active. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous. Margaret Atwood originally appeared in The Guardian 1.
Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. But if the pencil breaks, you can't sharpen it on the plane, because you can't take knives with you. If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.
Take something to write on. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do. Hold the reader's attention. This is likely to work better if you can hold your own. But you don't know who the reader is, so it's like shooting fish with a slingshot in the dark. You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality.
You don't get a pension plan. You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You've seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat.
Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. Don't sit down in the middle of the woods. If you're lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong.
Then take the other road.On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a memoir by American author Stephen King that describes his experiences as a writer and his advice for aspiring writers.
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Start Here; Premium Courses; Free Email Updates Stephen King’s Top 7 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer. by Henrik Edberg. on October 8, If you want to learn how to write better where do you go? Well, you can take a creative. Like fellow genre icon Stephen King, Ray Bradbury has reached far beyond his established audience by offering writing advice to anyone who puts pen to paper.
(Or keys to keyboard; "Use whatever works," he often says.) In this keynote address at Point Loma Nazarene University's Writer's. Philosophical writing is different from the writing you'll be asked to do in other courses.
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Timeless advice from bestselling author Stephen King on how to be an excellent writer.