Steve Schofield commissioned Stephen King is an All-Time Great, arguably one of the most popular novelists the world has ever seen. Write whatever the hell you like King might be best known — or, rather, best regarded — as a writer of horror novels, but really, his back catalogue is crammed with every genre you can think of. And while there might be moments in his horror novels that tread towards the more conventional ideas of what some find terrifying, for the most part, the truly scary aspects are those that deal with humanity itself. Ghosts drive people to madness, telekinetic girls destroy whole towns with their powers, clowns … well, clowns are just bloody terrifying full stop.
Stephen King is a veritable writing machine. I was still in my teens, and my gran — a huge King fan herself — thought it was the one I'd have the best chance of reading without getting too scared. She was wrong about that I scare pretty easilybut she was right to introduce me to King.
He's been my favourite author ever since. It's not just his stories that keep me coming back, either. He's also a brilliant writer. From his gloriously grisly descriptions to his on point dialogue and character portrayals, I've always thought the horror master doesn't get anywhere near enough credit as he should for his impressive command of language.
In his excellent book On Writing, in interviews and in the forewords that accompany his books, he regularly offers insights and advice into the way he works.
Here are some of his quotes about writing that have stuck in my mind over the years On his early days as a writer. On his writing setup. This crucial piece of advice. On his method for sifting through ideas. On the importance of getting rid of pretensions.
On his daily working routine. This very clear rule. On the place ideas come from. On the need to not be too rigid when it comes to planning. On the fiction hierarchy. This sweet quote about family and friends.
On the place you go to write.
Finally, this memorable piece of advice.King compares the writing and revision process to nature. "When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees," he writes.
Feb 23, · Watch video · A roundup of Stephen King's most memorable advice about, and insight into, the writing process. 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. Stephen King. Gary Miller/Getty Images Renowned author Stephen King has written over 50 books that have captivated millions of people around the world..
In his memoir, "On Writing," King shares. Revision in the second draft, “one of them, anyway,” may “necessitate some big changes” says King in his memoir slash writing guide On Writing.
And yet, it is an essential process, and one that “hardly ever fails.” Below, we bring you King’s top twenty rules from On . Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, Stephen King’s critically lauded, classic bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.
Earlier in this book, when writing about my brief career as a sports reporter for the Lisbon Weekly.