What I’m Working On

It’s Summer, so life has turned up to 11. There’s been morris dancing, I’ve joined a gym, I’ve been doing lots of things to do with Creativity In The Box, I’ve had a job interview…

And not done a lot of writing, I have to confess. I’ve been filling page after page in my journals, but in terms of actual fiction there’s not been that much. I have teased out a plot line in Eyes Down, which is what the Bingo story has become. Temporarily, I insist, because that’s a bit… obvious. Continue reading

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Stephen King’s book On Writing is considered to be The Textbook. Here are 7 essential rules drawn from it.

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1. Everything Begins With Rejection

Very few writers begin with immediate success, and if there’s anything to be gained from King’s book, it’s that you start with rejection. King began submitting stories to magazines as early as middle school, and whenever he received a rejection, he would pin the letter on a wall. By the time he was 14, he had accumulated so many letters that the pin could hardly support their weight. Yet none of these rejections daunted him. In fact, King says he learned some of his best lessons from the notes scrawled on the slips. One note that told him to cut down on wordiness changed the way he wrote “once and forever.”

2. Read a Lot, and Write A Lot

King argues that if you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all else: read a lot and write a lot: “If you don’t…

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