On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

How to be the GOAT ?

More like a technical manual from Stephen King than a memoir. When writing is at its best, its always when it is a kind of inspired play for the writer. You must write 2000 word a day, no matter what. The biggest aid to regular production is to work in a serene atmosphere. Most of us do our best in a place of our own, closed door is your way to tell the world and yourself than you mean business. You MUST set a daily writing goal. The door stay closed until the goal is met. One word at a time. You job is to make sure the muse know where you are going to be everyday for him to visit.

Stories consist of 3 parts: Narrative, which move story from A to  B and description which create a sensory reality for the reader, and dialogue, which bring character to life through the speech.  The making of story is pretty much make themselves. The job of writer is to give the place to grow. Why worry about the ending anyway ? why be such a control freak, sooner or later story come out somewhere.

When we think of how to read, its actually not a question of “how to”, its also a question of ” how much ” too. Reading will help you answer how much, and only writing will help you with the “how”. You can learn only by doing. Description begins in writer imagination, but should finish in reader’s mind. The reader must always be in your main concern. Without reader, you are just a voice quaking in the void.

Adverb is not your friend

Fear is at the root of most bad writing. It one is writing for one’s own pleasure, that fear maybe be mild . Good writing is often letting go of fear and affection, Begging with need to define some sort of “good” and “bad”, is fearful behavior. Good writing is also picking the tool you plan to work with.

Easy book contains lots of paragraph. Topic sentence followed by supportive and description insist the writer organize his through, also provide good insurance against wandering away.

Good writing consist of mastering the fundamentals ( vocabulary, grammar, elements of style.) Its possible, with lots of hard work , dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one. If you want to be a good writer, read a lot, write a lot. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your day as a member of polite society are numbered anyway.

Every writer of fiction and poetry who publish a line has been accused by someone wasting his god given talent. If you write, someone will try to make you feel lousy about it. Just write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff start out just for you, but then it goes out, once know what the story is and get as right as you can, it belong to anyone who want to read it, or criticize it.

Writing is a lonely job, having someone who believe in you make a different. They don’t have to make speeches, just believing is enough.

Put your desire in the corner, empty yourself , sit down to write. Remind yourself why it isn’t  in the middle of the road. Life isn’t just a support system for the art, its the other way round.

Basic rule of vocabulary: Use the first word that come to your mind , if its appropriate and colorful.

Grammar : Top shelf of toolbox, one either absorb the grammatical principles of one native language in conversation and in reading or one doesn’t.

Basic form of sentence : Noun + Verb

You should avoid the passive tense. The passive voice is safe. There is no troublesome action to contend with.

Boredom arose because the writer get enchanted with his power of description and lost sight or priority.  The key to good description begin with clear seeing and end with clear writing. If you are honest about the words coming out of your character mouths, you will find that you have let yourself in for fair amount of criticism.

Actual writing process : 2 Draft + 1 Polish

First draft, written with no help, keep the pressure on. Your mind and imagination have to recycle themselves.  Let your book rest a minimum of 6 weeks. Every novelist has a single ideal reader, the writing is thinking ” I wander what she will think”.

Then 2nd draft, is 1 draft – 10%

You learn best by reading a lot, writing a lot, and the most valuable lesson are the one you teach yourself. Never set a single word down on paper with the through of being paid for it. If you can do it for the joy, you can do it forever.

Until next time

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