Smart tips from Stephen King for young writers

By Kelly Marone

Stephen King is recognized worldwide as best-selling author of horror and fantasy novels. Being a living legend, the dominant in his writing niche, he is generously sharing his experience with beginner writers. His publication “How to write a book” combines memoirs, thoughts and the smart hints for young writing talents. In the following article I will outline the major key points of the advice which Stephen provides for beginning writers. Most of these tips are actually applicable for gaining success in any sphere, which makes them so valuable and exclusive.

1. Do not waste your precious time on nonsense

Most of the people spend their lifetime on activities, which are not leading to anything useful. Still, they remain busy and constantly tired. Previously, it mainly referred to watching TV, now it is replaced by a pointless surfing the net. If you want to be a writer, it is not the best option. You would rather feed you mind with more fruitful staff.

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2. Be persistent

If you failed once, do not stop trying. King hitched the rejections from publishers on a nail in the wall. “When I was already fourteen, a nail in the wall could no longer support the weight of rejected sheets. Replacing the nail with a carpenter crutch, I continued to write. After few years, refusals became softer, I was sent some tips to improve the texts, and after a while publishers began to take my work to print.” Later, when he became well-known, he could send his writings to publishers again and no one could refuse to publish his previously rejected articles.

“Stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea”. 

3. Do not take to heart the criticism of others

There will always be people who are ready and willing to constructively criticize others. “If you write (books or paintings), someone will try to instill a sense of shame for it.” Do what you think is right and do not pay attention to the spiteful criticism.

4. Maintain and develop your niche

Stephen advices to perpetually hone and perfect your writing skills. To write at the highest level of your capabilities, you should make yourself a tool box and grow these muscles to pull around. As a writer, he talks about vocabulary and grammar. Still everyone can determine for himself what tools he needs in his work.

5. Engage in what you like

“Where there is no joy, something is wrong. Reading and writing is nothing less than playing a musical instrument, playing baseball or content restaurant.” Long and hard work do not seem severe if you like it and have an inclination to do it.

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6. Adhere to regulations and discipline

Perform a certain amount of work each day. “I have already said that you should work every day, except Christmas Day, 4th July, and you own birthday. It is not true. The truth is that when I write, I write every day, being workaholic or not. This allows you to maintain the momentum and complete initiated cases. And if you follow the rule number 5, the discipline is not at all difficult.

7. Think about those for whom you work

How do you find a happy medium? Sure, with the help of the ideal reader. Try to imagine whether he becomes bored when reading some scenes – if you know the tastes of your ideal readers even half as much as I know their tastes, it will be easy. “Imagine what will be the reaction of consumers about your work that you do. Whether they like it or not, something still needs to be improved.

8. While writing, disconnect yourself from the rest of the world

Writing is absolutely intimate activity. Position your desk in the corner of the room and dispose of any distractions around you( from the phone, the open window, etc.) King advises to maintain complete privacy between yourself and your work. This is especially true about work on your first book. “The first project is the story of exposure.”

9. Work on the projects that are hard to write

“The most important things are the hardest things to say,” comments King. The hardest thing is to write about things for which you are ashamed, because words usually are detracted by the  feelings. Most beautifully written chapters are preceded by hours of deliberation. When dealing with complex issues, make sure that you have dug deep. King compares history with relics of the unknown world, and writers should be archaeologists conducting excavations of standing stories.

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10. Treat your business seriously

“You can relate to writing with nervousness, excitement, hope or despair. But better is to treat it with ease. “If you can not write seriously, leave the idea of becoming a writer, and pursue on doing something else.

Kelly Marone is a freelance writer at freelance writer at Freelancercareers.com

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