Quote of the day – Stephen King

From the book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft…King tells about when the editor at his first paid job gave him some of the best advice he ever got:

“When  you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story,” he said. “When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. darksculptures
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 20:41:02

    This is one of the few books on writing by an author that I haven’t read. But it will probably be the next should I decide to purchase another one in the future. After reading so many I found that I was completely burned out. I had to take a break and spend some time reading fiction and poetry to recover from the harsh reality of how hard it is to write.

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    • Kathan Lewis
      Jul 09, 2010 @ 09:37:25

      I am really enjoying it…it’s really more memoir than a ‘how to’ book on writing. It’s more of his story and how he became a writer. It’s pretty encouraging, sad in parts…as well as fall off your seat, embarrass yourself because you’re shedding tears while stifling a laugh at the coffeeshop, hilarious.

      I got the paperback for $6.99 – if you’re ever up for a good book from a writer, it’s good. And just all of King’s writing, very easy to read.

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  2. Shaddy
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 10:40:54

    Such a simply stated instruction, yet invaluable to those of us who aspire to write well.

    I read King’s book ON WRITING a few years ago. I figured if anyone should know the secrets of successful writing, it would be Mr. Stephen King.

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