Best advice in Stephen King's "On Writing"
Look at me making a list. I've never read a Stephen King book. But after his memoir to the craft I feel like he is a close friend. It was my favorite read of 2016.
- 1.Ax the adverbs.Really? Really.
- 2.Said. It works.Chortled, exclaimed, grunted not required. Or desired. Contrary to what your 7th grade English teacher says, said is the magic word.
- 3.Write with the door closed. Revise with the door wide open.However it does help me to picture one reader while I'm writing. So a crack open?
- 4.It's one word at a time.There is a misconception that writing is easy for some people. It's one word at a time for everyone. Some just wait longer for the right word.
- 5.Believe it's not a waste of time.Stephen and Tabitha King are so poor they have trouble affording the pink medicine for their children's ear infections. But after work teaching high school English or working at the dry cleaner, Stephen sits on the porch and writes in a notebook. Tabitha doesn't complain. She later fishes "Carrie" out of a trash bin. It helps to have someone alongside believe too.