Stephen King’s rules of writing.



BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – NOVEMBER 07: Stephen King reads from his new fiction novel ’11/22/63: A Novel’ during the ‘Kennedy Library Forum Series’ at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on November 7, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)


If you ask some writers if Stephen King is a good writer, you’ll get mixed reactions. I won’t start this discussion now. He sold millions of books, most of which had some movie or television adaptions. Won numerous awards and is still going strong as one of the most prolific horror writers from our time. I’d say if he isn’t good he’s at least succesful.

I think his advice has value. I enjoy reading his stories. I read his book “On writing” , a great read for any budding author. Here is some advice from Mr. King, himself:

  1. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.  Simple as that.
  2. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
  3. The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
  4. When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.
  5. Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent.  What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.


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~ by Sander on September 2, 2012.

2 Responses to “Stephen King’s rules of writing.”

  1. Great tips! I’ve read this novel and is excellent.

  2. I especially love 1-3!

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