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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



Writing Masters: Jim Butcher


I was reading some articles about writing, and it suggested googling one of your favorite authors, plus the word writing. I googled “Jim Butcher Writing”, without the quotations.

Google page: http://www.epublishabook.com/2014/06/09/writetip-elements-subplot-writers-writing-amwriting/


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He writes both High fantasy and urban fantasy, but his tips apply to any genre





Some awesome pages that came up:


Jim’s LiveJournal

He hasn’t been on this for years, and the later posts are sporadic, but he talks about how he plots and writes



This is a blog that lists direct links to Jim’s writing articles




Google Docs that someone collated Jim’s tips (Can be saved as a document)







How Jim got Published



Q4U: What authors would you like to see writing tips from?


Hope you find these helpful : )

~ Amber

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