Steven King

I am reading Steven King’s autobiography/style guide On Writing right now and I am likely start making random blog entries where I copy out the golden nuggets of writing truth that I find so that I have them to refer to, and you do too.

Here’s the first one I’ve found, which is Steven quoting a newspaper editor he worked for called John Gould: “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”


3 thoughts on “Steven King

  1. Yeah I’ve read it before and loved it, way back when it first came out, but all I can remember about it is the autobiography part and the commandment ‘thou shalt not use adverbs’.
    I figured now that I actually have writing done I should really read some style guides 🙂

  2. The Art of Fiction by John Gardner is pretty great. Gardner (probably best known for Grendel, which re-told the first part of Beowulf from the monster’s point of view) taught creative writing for many years, and he’s quite thorough about common mistakes. You might find yourself wanting to shout at him from time to time though.

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