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I was surfing Facebook and found this great article on Open Culture. It was titled, Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers and I had to share it with you.
Of course I’ve read On Writing by Stephen King. It’s a must read for anyone with a passion for writing fiction (in my opinion). I loved reading it so much that I bought the audio book and enjoyed listening to him read his own work.
In the article by Open Culture, they list the top 20 rules Stephen King has for writers.
Below are four that resonate for me:
1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”
5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”
8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”
14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”
Just those four rules or tips make my heart burst with creative joy. It feels like I’ve been given permission to go forth and be as creative as I like. Then when it comes to rewrites I’ll cut out what isn’t the story. That is so freeing.
I also love how honest Stephen King is. He is his own person. He writes honestly, even in fiction and that’s cool.
If you skip across to Open Culture for a look-see, I hope you enjoy and that you find these rules/tips as inspiring for you as they have been for me.
Happy creative writing.
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I know this is an older post but I had to comment. I have read On Writing as well and I truly agree with the four tips you picked. I am a HUGE Stephen King fan. I am thinking of starting a novel and have some of the ideas typed up nice and neat. Just need to sit down and actually start the darn thing.
Chill mom Julia