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20 Writing Tips from Stephen King

by Writing Workshops Staff

12 months ago


20 Writing Tips from Stephen King

by Writing Workshops Staff

12 months ago


Here are 20 Writing Tips from Stephen King:

  1. Write something that's forbidden. Say things that others won't say.
  2. Writing is like building a campfire; one by one, your characters must come out of the woods to help add onto the fire, onto the story.
  3. Keep your imagination young.
  4. Recognize the difference between horror and suspense.
  5. To find your story always keep your radar for finding ideas on and let them come to you.
  6. Begin with an idea from your life, then ask yourself "what if".
  7. Write simple, visual stories with high conflict if you want your work to be adapted into a film.
  8. After you've finished your book or screenplay, let it marinate for some time, then come back to it.
  9. If you keep getting rejected, get a bigger nail for your rejection slips.
  10. Follow characters and situations and see where they go, instead of resorting to plot.
  11. Start with forcing yourself to write sentence by sentence until you get into a flow state.
  12. Stop putting off reading and writing.
  13. Good ideas will stay with you, so write down all your ideas to get rid of the bad ones.
  14. Writing can be learned but it can't be taught. You learn it yourself.
  15. Writing is self-hypnosis.
  16. Sometimes writing short ideas will lead into creating longer stories.
  17. Get your rest to come back with a refreshed mind.
  18. Learn to write for different mediums.
  19. Choose to write stories that you would like to live with for a while.
  20. Get immersed in your writing process until the outside world is gone.

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