Pg. 57 “when you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story”…”When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”
Several message boards recommended this book to new writers or writers looking for a book on how to write. So I thought I’d check it out. I’m not a Stephen King fan, in fact I’ve only read one book by him and I don’t remember being very impressed by it. Still lots of people love him and he’s sold quite a few books so he must know something.
I feel conflicted after reading this book. So many places I’ve read say that everyone has their own approach to writing and what works for one person might not work for another. The way he writes doesn’t seem to lean that way. It’s possible that I missed something, I’ve had to read the book in snatches between taking care of Charlotte and I’m not getting as much sleep as I’m use to.
He definitely said some things I’m going to try next time I’m writing. I’m going to try and rely more on my characters and not mapping out a plot. I’m going to set aside what I’ve written for a time before I begin the editing process too. There were a few other words of advice that I want to follow but I can’t remember what they were right now, something about not using adverbs.
I did wonder about his getting published recommendations, they seemed a bit dated and I’m not sure if they still work, though they still could.
It’s very obvious after reading this that he really loves his wife, which is sweet.
This was originally posted on my blog http://erinthedreamer.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/on-writing-by-stephen-king/