Month: March 2014

Steven King’s Top 20 Rules for Writing.

Originally posted on Bobbie C. Bandy:
All of these were taken from Stephen King’s 2000 writing guide On Writing. 1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.” 2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.” 3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.” 4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.” 5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.” 6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.” 7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” 8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you…