On Writing by Stephen King

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Stephen King’s book On Writing is a memoir mixed with advice about writing as a profession.  I enjoyed reading it and learned a good deal as well.

My favorite quotes from the book:

Life isn’t a support-system for art.  It’s the other way around.

Fear is the root of most bad writing.

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:  read a lot and write a lot.

Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot.

 

Writings About Writing

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside. – Maya Angelou

There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.  – Earnest Hemingway

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.  – Stephen King

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.  – Henry David Thoreau

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.  – Anne Frank

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  – William Wordsworth