To Stephen K. And All Other Writers

Discussion in 'On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft' started by AnotherWriter, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. AnotherWriter
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    Thanks for this great book. I read it in 2 days. I gulped it. And I loved it. This is no book that tells us from A to Z how to become a brilliant writer. It’s some message book that only those understand who love to write. Who already loved writing before having read this book. It gave me power and hope to start again writing after having such a long time fear of writing. Knowing that even Stephen King had this fears is a feeling of relief and encourages me to write down. 1000 words every day (it could be so much more). Hope ideas will come soon and help getting a nice story. And if not I spent my time doing something I love – writing… HY
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    king family fan Prolific member

    Welcome to the board.
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...Welcome oh Big Gulp.....
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    Welcome to the Board!!
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    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    Welcome fellow writer...
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    Fear of failure is a great motivator whilst in the throes of composition. If I ever hear someone say writing is easy, I try to avoid what they have written. (I'll qualify that. Writing is easy. Even little kids manage it. Writing well, now...that's hard, as any craft worthy of the name should be.)
    As for targets...I'm not such a big fan. Or at least, hitting your 1000 words for the day shouldn't be a signal to stop (though if you're anything like me, you'll lose track of time as well as word count and just keep on going until, eventually, some internal working brings you to a natural halt).
    Now I'm going to 'fess up and admit I don't always get 1000 words in a (6-7 hour) day. Some days I don't get any at all (I spend that time going over other stories instead, in the Quest To Find Them A Home; it's still work, it's still doing the job, so it's all good). But then, on my absolute best-ever 'golden' day, I hammered out slightly over 10,000 words. Ideally, maybe across 2-3 stories, I'll get 5k. More realistically, I aim for 2k. 1k is really a bare minimum - though as I say, I don't always make it and try not to sweat it too much.
    While I'm here, here's my hint for those days where your brain refuses to play ball and even revision seems impossible...find a favourite inspirational bit of On Writing, read it, put the book face down beside where you're working, then grab a piece of paper and a pen and freewrite, longhand. Just...waffle away, write anything you like, starting with whatever's handy - the weather, the pain in your big toe, the dog sniffing the rubbish bag out on the pavement (what's in there, I wonder?)...
    Works for me.
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