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Twenty Stephen King Quotes for Writers

 

Recently, I have been collecting quotes that would be of interest to writers and authors for my own author page. While engaging in this activity, I found some famous authors have provided a wealth of encouraging, helpful and fun quotes. Why not learn from the masters? Why not take what they say about this field that we have chosen as a perfect starting place for what could benefit us and be observed?

Today’s list is by far not complete since the book quoted most often by Steven King seems to be mainly quotes. There are so many more you may wish to read the famous book from which many of these originate. It is called Of Writing:  A Memoir of the Craft. Here they are in no particular order, just some of the ones I loved best by the genius Steven King.

1/“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”

2/“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

3/“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

4/ “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

5/ “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”

6/“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

7/ “In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”

8/ “If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

9/ “The trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips as well as long swallows.”

10/“Bad writing is more than a matter of shit syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do― to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.”

11/“Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot. It’s not just a question of how-to, you see; it’s also a question of how much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only reams of writing will help you with the how. You can learn only by doing.”

12/ “When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”

13/ “you must not come lightly to the blank page.”

14/ “I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.” This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons.”

15/ “I see things, that’s all. Write enough stories and every shadow on the floor looks like a footprint; every line in the dirt like a secret message.”

16/“Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”

17/“I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.”

18/ “Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”

19/ “You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.”

20/ “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”

Short Book Review-Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz

 

Recently I read Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz. It’s an older book from 1994 but since my reading plan has no formula I read old and new and everything I can fit in. This book is a page turner, nail biting star.

Both my husband and I love Dean Koontz and read many of his novels. We read many of the same books one after the other person has finished and also sometimes I read out loud to him. However you read this, you will enjoy it if you like Koontz and mysteries and adventure and conspiracies.

This book gives you a look at how a childhood tragedy can affect your whole life and what changes when you can finally remember all the horrid details of an event. I also like the way it portrays the world of agents and unapproved agencies which the government funds unknowingly. Yes, we all know that is possible and happening. The technology described in this book, if really available, should make us all frightened.

Dean Koontz is one of those natural storytellers and his novel winds and turns in a most masterful way. There is quite a bit of violence and sex which some may find disturbing but, the excellent story makes it all worthwhile.

Not only is the plot imaginative and executed beautifully but, the characterization is perfect.

I highly recommend this book as you will not be able to put it down. I see lots of burned dinners in your future while reading this one.