#BlogMeMaybe: May 7 – May I tell you something about writing?

On Writing “On Writing” by Stephen King is the book that got me started, and keeps me going. When I first read Stephen’s account of his beginnings, and how he, somehow, overcame the odds stacked against him, I knew I would have to try. And of course I’m still trying, and this is the lesson.

This is pure genius:

“One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes.”

And the sublime: “I thought long and hard about whether or not to include a detailed section on grammar in this little book.”

“On writing” is about becoming a writer, by the master of the craft, still with us. Long live the King.

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  1. Great encouragement and advice there from you via the King, thank you! One of the things I’m trying to do when I write is checking back with the reader me, and the reader me likes being presented with stories which contain plenty of things untold, gaps to fill with my imagination, and the reader me also tends to skip over detailed and lengthy descriptions that are full of adjectives and long words. The writer me keeps on trying to please the reader me. 😉

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  2. It is so much more honest and heartfelt, and ultimately more helpful than many of the ‘how to’ writing books out there. My other top favourite is John Gardner’s ‘On Becoming a Novelist’, which is both inspiring and realistic. Here are some of his comments on what makes a great writer: ‘ a natural inclination to go to extremes.. dissatisfied with himself and the world around him and driven to improve on both if he can. A psychological wound is helpful, if it can be kept in partial control…’

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