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Writing Masters: Stephen King

What would a series on writing masters be without Stephen King?

On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftOf course, I first have to recommend his book, On Writing (Amazon Link)

Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing

I also, just found another book by Stephen on writing, Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing (Amazon Link)

      Haven’t read it yet, but I just bought it, woot!


So what links to great gems of knowledge did I find?

Google Search Link: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=stephen+king+writing+tips


1) Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writing (Barnes and Noble Blog, surprisingly)


My favorites are #7 (Read, read, read) and #12 (Write one word at a time). I need to be better at #9 (Turn off the TV) and #13 (Limit Distraction).


2) 7 Invaluable Writing Tips From Stephen King   



 3) Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes



 4) Why Stephen King Spends ‘Months and Even Years’ Writing Opening Sentences



Some of my Favorite Writing Quotes from The Master (you can find a ton on Goodreads here)

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

“Just remember that Dumbo didn’t need the feather; the magic was in him. ”  

“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.”  


And, just because it’s fun

“Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction. If not so, why do so many couples who start the evening at dinner wind up in bed?”


Q4U: Which Writing Masters do you get inspiration from?



~ Amber Kallyn



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  1. I just started reading one of his books on writing. Right off the bat, his voice came through exceptionally strong.

  2. Attended a conference recently, heard the best thing ever from Sylvia Day (um, don’t read her, but she has great advice): “write the story in your head, not what you think everyone wants to read.” I know others have shared the same sentiment, but it’s worth repeating.

  3. SK is the blue collar author of our time. He shows up and writes. I’m sure he has those days he must embrace the suck, but when it’s right, he’s unstoppable.


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