Writing Tips: Stephen King

Stephen King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is required reading for any writer these days, whether you’re a fan of King’s work or not. It’s candid and heartfelt, and the advice he dispenses has worked for him. Below are some quotes from the book, along with some notes on how his ideas…

Why I Write Reason 18: It Gives Me Confidence

“Bad writers tend to have self-confidence, while the good ones tend to have self-doubt.” Charles Bukowski There’s not other way to explain this other than to come out and say it: I don’t write because it gives me confidence about writing. I write because it gives me confidence about myself, my abilities, and the control…

Writing Tips: Kurt Vonnegut

In 1999, a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s previously uncollected stories was published under the title Bagombo Snuff Box. He included the following 8 tips for writing a good short story. As I did last week with Kerouac, I wanted to go through them and add my own commentary. Not that I’m in any way qualified…

Writing Tips: Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac’s not my favorite writer, but he led an interesting life and had some ideas that remain worthy of discussion. In The Portable Jack Kerouac there’s a list of 30 tips on writing and life that he chose to pass along. It’s a bit of word salad and at times looks like a collect…