Stephen King’s Writing Tips

I must admit I do not have the stomach for Stephen King’s novels—even though they are well-written. I have a low tolerance for terror.

But I must say, King’s work, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, is top notch and I have not only savored it, but I diligently put King’s tips on writing into practice in my own writing.  A sampling of King’s wisdom for writers and readers follows:

“…come to writing any way but lightly…you must not come lightly to the blank page.”

“The best form of dialog attribution is said, as in he said, she said…If you want to see this put…into practice…read a novel by Larry McMurtry…”

“…it is possible with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one.”

“I have written because it fulfilled me…I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.”