Eleven Quotes From Stephen King's On Writing That Struck My Fancy Today

Oh yeah, I'm still in this challenge - just a lot of private lists lately. I’ve been reading Stephen King’s On Writing. Loving it. It’s a wealth of information and I enjoy his subjectivity, even in instruction and direction for other writers. I’ve not the time or the ability to break everything down at the moment, but here are ten quotes that have struck me (through agreement or challenge) in the past fews days of continuing through his memoir. 

  1. If you want to be a good writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
  2. Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life. 
  3. If there’s no joy in it, it’s just no good. It’s best to go on to some other area, where the deposits of talent may be richer and the fun quotients higher. 
  4. ... the sort of strenuous reading and writing program I advocate - four to six hours a day, every day...
  5. Once I start to work on a project, I don’t stop and I don’t slow down unless I absolutely have to. If I don’t write every day… the excitement of spinning something new begins to fade. The work starts to feel like work, and for most writers that is the smooch of death. 
  6. When I’m writing, it’s all the playground, and the worst three hours I ever spent there were still pretty damned good.
  7. The biggest aid to regular production is working in a serene atmosphere.
  8. You can read anywhere, almost, but when it comes to writing… most of us need a place of our own… and it really only needs one thing: a door you are willing to shut. The closed door is your way of telling the world and yourself that you mean business. 
  9. If possible, there should be no telephone in your writing room.
  10. You need the room, you need the door, and you need the determination to shut the door. You need a concrete goal, as well. The longer you keep to these basics, the easier the act of writing will become.
  11. When, during the course of an interview for The New Yorker, I told the interviewer that I believed stories are found things, like fossils in the ground, he said that he didn’t believe me. I replied that that was fine, as long as he believed that I believe it. 

This book is fascinating, and I can’t wait to continue to dive into it, and explore and press into some of the challenges King presents. (By the way, I know that this book came out a long while ago, and I am behind the times. Better late than never.)

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