Article | Business Insider: 22 Lessons from Stephen King

Stephen King. Image from Wikipedia. Click to read Business Insider article by Maggie Zhang

Author Stephen King has broken down the need to know lessons for writers into 22 pieces of advice.  In her article “Stephen King On How to Write”, journalist Maggie Zhang shares with her readers not only King’s thoughts on writing, but those of writers Kurt Vonnegut and Susan Sontag. Read the Article.

Don’t have time to read the article? Well, here are the lessons a nutshell:

  1. Read, don’t watch television.
  2. Prepare for possible failure and tons of criticism.
  3. People-pleasing is a waste of time.
  4. Write for you first.
  5. Write what you find most difficult.
  6. Disconnect from the world when writing. (When rewriting, reconnect with the world.)
  7. Don’t be pretentious.
  8. Avoid adverbs and long paragraphs.
  9. Don’t be ruled by grammar.
  10. Master describing your environment.
  11. Give only as much backstory as is needed
  12. Create 3-d characters, not polarized ones.
  13. Challenge yourself, use the active voice.
  14. Drugs/alcohol are not required for a creative mind.
  15. Imitation isn’t the best form of flattery (it denies you your unique voice).
  16. Writing is a telepathic connection between writer and reader.
  17. Take your writing seriously.
  18. Write every day.
  19. Write your first draft in 3 months.
  20. Take a 6-week (or longer) break after writing your first draft
  21. Be ruthless in your editing.  Cut what doesn’t work (no matter how precious to you).
  22. Maintain good relationships and great health.

One thought on “Article | Business Insider: 22 Lessons from Stephen King

  1. Reblogged this on Toward the within… and commented:
    When I first came across the Stephen King article, I only thought about it in terms of writing. Now, as I am packing, I can see how almost all of these lessons may be applicable. Perhaps it’s not just packing…maybe they are applicable to life general.

    Happy Friday! It’s a grey day in Rome and I’ve got tons to do! 🙂

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