Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”

I’m not much for reblogging but I felt like this was an article worth promoting. I’ve been working on a series of blog posts about how to write, market, and sell zombie books (or horror or <insert favorite genre here>) as well as some pointers regarding the craft of writing. I’m a happy former student of Gotham Writer’s Workshop but you better believe my education didn’t stop there. I read books and articles on writing and I stay abreast of what my respective writer associations are doing/talking about.

More importantly, when I write, I always turn a very harsh and critical eye on the second draft, that is, the draft you work on after you have completed your puke draft. Hey, I need a word to write an article for this week, I think “Draft” may be it.

So here is the article and it is really wonderfully written by the master himself. My favorite part is:

3. Be self-critical
If you haven’t marked up your manuscript a lot, you did a lazy job. Only God gets things right the first time. Don’t be a slob.

Head over to Aerogramme Writers’ Studio for the rest of the article.

We came across the following article by Stephen King a little while ago. We believe it was originally published in a 1986 edition of The Writer magazine and republished in the 1988 edition of The Writer’s Handbook. We reproduce it here for educational purposes; copyright remains with Mr King.

I. The First Introduction

THAT’S RIGHT. I know it sounds like an ad for some sleazy writers’ school, but I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn. It will actually take you twenty minutes or so to read this essay, however, because I have to tell you a story, and then I have to write a second introduction. But these, I argue, should not count in the ten minutes …continue here

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