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What We Are Reading! On Writing by Stephen King

by Rachel Owens on 2019-02-14T13:15:59-05:00 | Comments

I write novels in my spare time, and I’ve read a lot of books about how to write. But if I was going to choose just one as a manual for the rest of my writing, it would be On Writing by Stephen King. Obviously he’s a hugely successful writer, but his rules for writing are simple. 1. Read as much as you write. If you write four hours a day, you should be reading four hours a day, too. 2. Avoid passive tense and adverbs as often as you can. 3. Write whatever you want as long as you tell the truth. 4. Stories make themselves. Plotting and spontaneous creation are incompatible. (I have definitely found this to be true.) 5. Practice, practice, practice. There is plenty more excellent advice in this relatively short book. (Oops, there’s an adverb…) If you’re a writer of any sort, even just an aspiring one, you should read On Writing.

Cover Art On Writing by Stephen King
Call Number: PS3561 .I483 Z475 2000
ISBN: 9780684853529
Publication Date: 2000-10-03

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