Have you ever read “The Langorier?” or “Thinner?” or maybe “Crouch-End?” or “The Twilight Zone?” (please do not confuse it with the “Twilight” saga). Even if you haven’t, you must have heard the name of their author, Stephen King. He is an amazing figure in contemporary literature, a super-productive writer, and an author whose novels and stories make you feel awed and amazed.
Along with writing horror stories and thrillers, Stephen King has also written a number of essays and books dedicated to writing, authorship, relationships with readers, and so on. Below are some of his inspiring quotes. Don’t miss the chance to recharge with some writing wisdom!
1. Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.
2. Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.
3. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
4. In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.
5. If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.
6. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.
7. The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.
8. Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot if difference. They don’t have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.
9. I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.
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