Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stephen King - On Writing... Quotes That Inspire

I read Stephen King's On Writing A Memoir of the Craft the other day, and I just thought I would share some of the intriguing passages that will remain with me as I continue my WIP.

"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."
-Stephen King - On writing  P. 57 

"Stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position."
-Stephen King - On writing  P.  77 

"You need the room, you need the door, and you need the determination to shut the door."
-Stephen King - On writing  P. 157

"Description should start in the writer's imagination, but finish in the reader's."
-Stephen King - On writing  P. 174  

"Is the story coherent? And if it is, what will turn coherence into a song?"
-Stephen King - On writing  P. 214 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is just starting out on their writing journey, or to anyone looking for some fresh motivation pertaining to their outlook on writing.

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