Stephen King's Fantastic Advice for Writers

Stephen King is one of the best writers, in 2003 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Many of his books became bestsellers and also many got made into a movie. But probably most of you do know him already, so there's no need to write much about him.

Stephen King's Advice for Writers!

If you want to become a (better) writer he seems to be one of the persons who can help you. Here below you can find 20 points of advice, hope it will help you imrove your writing.

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 arenot the story.”

2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”

3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”

4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”

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.”

6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

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.”

Stephen King's Fantastic Advice for Writers

9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”

10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”

11. There are two secrets to success. "I stayed physically healthy, and I stayed married."

12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”

13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”

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.”

15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”

Stephen King's Fantastic Advice for Writers

16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”

17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”

18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”

19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”

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  • I love his books and movies :D

    • any favorite one?

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    • Hello is "Zdravo", similar like in most of the Slavic languages. Thank you or Thanks is "Hvala" or "Fala", just like in Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian. You're welcome is "Nema na čemu" or "I drugi put". Yes is "Da", No is "Ne", Maybe is "Možda" or "Moguće" or "Može biti", just like in almost all the other South Slavic languages :)

    • ahh that are familair things

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  • Is the source of these from the book "On Writing?" I read it back in high school, but I only vaguely remember it. This sounds familiar though. I just didn't see a credit/reference or whatnot so I'm not entirely sure. Or perhaps it is an interview? I don't know

    Anyways, Steven King is great. His writing style and ideas are super unique in my opinion.

  • long ago i read his interview in rolling stone while at the dentist -----------

    one thing i remember on his advice was forcing himself to write 1000 words a day.


    • Do you have a favorte book?

    • Its not by him but the Hobbit,
      But yeah stephen king is one of my top favorite authors,
      AS for my favorite stephen king, thats hard,
      Cell, the Shining, Doctor Sleep. Cycle of the Werewolf are all good

    • Thanks for the suggestions

  • I know some people dislike his writing, but his stuff on -being- a writer is really excellent.

    He's really spot on in calling out people who wander around wanting to be a writer, but don't actually write, they are waiting for the perfect final draft to come pouring out of them.


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