Writing stories is like excavating a fossil

Springfield Writers' Guild

According to King, there are two necessities to become a good writer: read a lot and write a lot. In order to learn and perfect the craft, it is necessary to read and write every day in a place where you can close the door with zero distractions.

Contrary to the old adage of “write what you know”, King says “don’t write what you know; write what you like.” He uses the metaphor of writing stories like excavating a fossil; it is all there, but the writer needs to discover it.

Erik Shinker, blogger at pastduereview.com says, “It is difficult to find a more well-known contemporary writer than Stephen King …

In his review of King’s memoir/nonfiction book, Shinker gives a great summary of the craft of writing, from Stephen King’s POV.

Read more – On Writing – Review — The Past Due Review

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