15 Great Articles and Essays about WritingThe best essays on writing from around the net -- essays on the craft of writing by famous writers
Essential Essays for Writers
On Keeping a Notebook by Joan DidionA beautiful meditation on keeping notes that explores the heart of the writing process.
Why I Write by Joan DidionExploring the art of writing, and what it means to the author.
Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes by Stephen KingShort, sharp advice on everything from talent and self-criticism to having fun and entertaining your audience
Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard"Do you think I could be a writer?" "I don't know. . . . Do you like sentences?"
The Nature of the Fun by David Foster Wallace"A book-in-progress is a kind of hideously damaged infant that follows the writer around wanting love, wanting the very thing its hideousness guarantees it'll get: the writer's complete attention."
That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith"What I have to say about craft extends no further than my own experience, which is what it is - 12 years and three novels."
Fail Better by Zadie SmithLiterature's legacy of honourable failure
Why I Write by George OrwellOn egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world -- Orwell's 'four great motive for writing'.
The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. RowlingA commencement address
Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Neil GaimanA meditation on inspiration
Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt VonnegutA beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.
A Place You All Know Well by Michael ChabonI've always felt that there's a kinship between writers and explorers.
Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl StrayedRaw, emotional adivce on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer
Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth GilbertOn disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it's never too late to start
Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams"Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well..."
Whether you are a blogger or a book writer, you want to write interesting and catchy content.
Every author has their own secret of success, their own sources of inspiration, their personal tricks to attract and hold their readers. Even essay writers can share some exclusive tricks with you concerning what a really perfect essay should look like.
It is difficult to give advice, as what may work out for one of us could be completely worthless to another. Anyway, when it comes to such writing gurus as Stephen King, it’s difficult to ignore his advice concerning effective writing, isn’t it?
Stephen King knows the magic of words very well, and he is a very successful writer by all means. Besides his thoughts and episodes from life, Mr. King gives quite clear advice to all newbies of writing.
His autobiography On Writing perfectly describes the sources of his gloomy novels, and reveals the secrets of effective writing that can work for many other niches as well.
We are here to share King’s thoughts with you, but first of all, let’s learn and remember five main rules for every writer to follow:
- Write your first draft as soon as possible.
- Always look for new ideas.
- Be consistent, and write every day.
- Always research the work of other writers.
- Get rid of unnecessary details.
As you can see, there is nothing difficult here. But practice is the best master, and it seems the key to success. So, be original, hard-working, and cut all excesses off.
Here are five more secrets of Stephen King to help you write better.
1. Do not waste your time on nonsense
Many people fill their time with empty deeds, that do not lead to anything useful. Before there was watching TV there will still a lot of distractions. And now more and more technology makes it easier to be distracted than to work.
“If you’re just starting out as a writer, you could do worse than strip your television’s electric plug-wire, wrap a spike around it, and then stick it back into the wall. See what blows, and how far. Just an idea.” – Stephen King
2. Be persistent
Having failed, do not stop trying. Stephen King put all rejection letters from publishers on a nail on a wall.
“By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.” – Stephen King
After years of work, refusals became softer. Some publishers started to send some tips on texts improvements, and began to publish his works finally. And when Stephen King became famous, he could send his previously rejected works to publishers again, and no one rejected him this time.
3. Do not take the critics too seriously
There will always be people ready and willing to criticize you. So, do what you think is right, and do not play attention to any spiteful critics.
“If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.” – Stephen King
4. Maintain and develop your form
King also talks about making all necessary tools perfect.
“It’s best to have your tools with you. If you don’t, you’re apt to find something you didn’t expect and get discouraged.” – Stephen King
As a writer, King speaks of vocabulary and grammar here. Everyone can identify what tools are needed for his work. Whether that be writing or some other form of art.
5. Think of who you write for
Try to imagine what the reaction of your customers will be. Will they like what you do or do you need to change anything in order to improve your work? The trick is to imagine your Ideal Reader, the one person you write to. For Stephen King, his Ideal Reader was always his wife Tabitha.
“If you know the tastes of your Ideal reader at least half as much as I know the tastes of mine, it will be not difficult for you to imagine what he will like, and what – not.” – Stephen King
Good luck with your writing, and let the force of Great Masters of words be with you!