This is another book about writing that could be the only book you read about writing. Funny enough, despite all of his best-selling fiction, it\’s the only book of Stephen King\’s that I\’ve read too. It combines the story of his writing development since childhood and the hard-earned lessons along the way. If you want a strong example of a writing ritual, King\’s is a good start. He has written every morning for at least three hours for decades.
Here are my notes to give you a glimpse of the rest of the book.
Stopping a piece of work because it’s hard is a bad idea
Books are uniquely portable magic, the closest thing we have to telepathy
“You can approach writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair— the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your heart and mind. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. You must not come lightly to the blank page.”
Use the first word that comes to your mind if it’s appropriate and colorful
“I think timid writers like passive voice for the same reason timid lovers like passive partners”
Read a lot, write a lit
All books have lessons even the bad ones
Reading is at the creative center of a writer’s life, if you don’t have time to read you don’t have time to write
Let the muse know where you’re going to be every day to write well