What I learned from King’s On Writing:
- A writer can come from any walk of life. There is no set path that you must take to find success. In fact, the more varied and difficult the path the better the writing will be.
- Manuscript editing and revision is best done after you haven’t looked at it for a while, King recommends no less than six weeks.
- Never give up, sometimes the most hopeless writing task produces the best work.
- A first draft should be written with the door closed. During this phase, concentrate on getting the story right. Then you can get advice from the outside world.
- Start a story with an interesting scene or situation and keep writing until the characters let you know the story is finished.
- Don’t let the ‘Decency Police’ dictate what kind of language your characters can and cannot use. Be real.
- Write everyday, ideally in the same place at the same time.
- Write because you have a burning desire to create a fantastic story to share with the world, not because it might bring you success and wealth. Readers can tell.
- While writing, think of a specific person who you are writing for – your perfect reader. Try to write in such a way to make that person love the book. This person may be make-believe.
- “Formula for success: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%…” If it isn’t necessary, cut it!
- It is important to get facts correct, but it is not necessary to spill all the facts on the page.
As writing advice books go, this is a keeper. I would recommend it to anyone, especially those thinking about writing a novel and don’t know where or how to start. King’s overall message is of encouragement, he wants others to find success and joy in writing.
For some well picked excerpts from the book: Click here.