Jul 062016
 

On Writing by Stephen King is not just a book about writing, but also a memoir about the craft and the life of King. I agreed with him wholeheartedly at points, grudgingly at others, but King’s advice is still a source of inspiration for me. I’ve read it numerous times and I’m sure I’ll read it again.

If you don’t own the book, the article below has a few helpful bits of advice from the book. I’m still struggling with a few of the bits listed. #3 and #4 (Don’t waste time trying to please people and Write primarily for yourself) go together for me. It’s not that I have a hard time writing for myself, it’s the blasted editing that gets me. I’m hoping some day that others will read my work. I want them to be pleased, but the truth of the matter is, I write because I love it. I write what I want to write, not what I think others will want to read. It’s during the editing phase that I start worrying about pleasing people.

And remember, as King says “the road to hell is paved with adverbs.” I’m still working on that one, too.

Check out the article, but if you get the chance, even if you’re not a writer, read the whole book. King has so much more to say about writing. And his memoir is an interesting and entertaining read.

Timeless advice from bestselling author Stephen King on how to be an excellent writer.

Source: Stephen King on how to write – Business Insider


Apr 062016
 

Award winning screenwriter (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) Michael Arndt talks about the 5 steps he learned at Pixar to write a good beginning and set your character off

Source: Michael Arndt About The 5 Steps He Learned at Pixar to Write a Good Beginning – mentorless

Like everything in writing, this isn’t the only way, but I think it’s worth a page in the mental Big Book of Writing Advice.

You can check out the article, but the video is full of examples from Pixar movies and well worth the watch. While I can’t say I adhere to a formula like this, I can see the benefit. It would be especially helpful when you have a character in mind, but not a clear cut story.

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