Things I learned from Stephen King's memoir about writing

  1. He claims being wrestled by an overweight babysitter as a child prepared him to handle any writing criticism.
  2. He has no memory of writing Cujo. He was too drunk and high.
    He adds it's a shame, too, since he likes that book.
  3. He threw away an early draft of Carrie. His wife found it in the trash, read it and told him to keep writing.
    The paperback advance for that book was around $400,000.
  4. He once worked in a laundromat, where he wrote a lot of his early books.
  5. He says write your first draft "with the door closed" and the second "with the door open."
  6. Being hit by a car inspired him to write this memoir.
  7. Always use active voice.
    Duh