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