Thank You Uncle Stevie

  • This message board permanently closed on June 30th, 2020 at 4PM EDT and is no longer accepting new members.

Aaron Lewis

Member
Aug 23, 2016
5
15
49
I am an aspiring writer and have both read and listened to "On Writing" and found a lot of inspiration and expertise in those pages. While editing a short story, I came to a line "The heat felt like a boulder on top of her" and loudly heard Uncle Stevie's voice yelling "Come on, 'The heat was a boulder on top of her' damn it!"

Thanks again.
 

GNTLGNT

The idiot is IN
Jun 15, 2007
87,651
358,754
59
Cambridge, Ohio
I am an aspiring writer and have both read and listened to "On Writing" and found a lot of inspiration and expertise in those pages. While editing a short story, I came to a line "The heat felt like a boulder on top of her" and loudly heard Uncle Stevie's voice yelling "Come on, 'The heat was a boulder on top of her' damn it!"

Thanks again.
...welcome man, but easy on the "Stevie".....man's earned his props.....
 
  • Like
Reactions: Spideyman and mal

not_nadine

Comfortably Roont
Nov 19, 2011
29,655
139,785
Behind you
I am an aspiring writer and have both read and listened to "On Writing" and found a lot of inspiration and expertise in those pages. While editing a short story, I came to a line "The heat felt like a boulder on top of her" and loudly heard Uncle Stevie's voice yelling "Come on, 'The heat was a boulder on top of her' damn it!"

Thanks again.

Welcome to the boards! I do believe our Ms. Mod said he does not like the title.

Glad you enjoyed the book!
 

Aaron Lewis

Member
Aug 23, 2016
5
15
49
Hi Aaron Lewis and welcome! When you are done a piece of writing don't forget to leave it for exactly 6 weeks prior to any editing. This is a standard used by all writers everywhere. All the best, mal. ;)
Mal, I am curious to know where you find the six week waiting period a "standard used by all writers everywhere". I believe Mr. King himself said the six weeks was a starting point and that each writer should use what works for them. The rigidity of "six weeks no matter what" is not an appealing idea. Just as some need outlines to work from and other do not, I think The time period should be tested. I tried editing a short story just a few days after completing it. A week later, I found numerous additional cuts that could be made.

I think there are a few considerations in play:

1. The length of the work
2. The depth of the work
3. What are you doing next?

Ultimately, you should be enjoying what you're doing. That is the most important part. Learn as you go and have fun exploring what makes you the best writer you can be.
 

mal

content
Jun 23, 2007
4,714
27,243
58
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Mal, I am curious to know where you find the six week waiting period a "standard used by all writers everywhere". I believe Mr. King himself said the six weeks was a starting point and that each writer should use what works for them. The rigidity of "six weeks no matter what" is not an appealing idea. Just as some need outlines to work from and other do not, I think The time period should be tested. I tried editing a short story just a few days after completing it. A week later, I found numerous additional cuts that could be made.

I think there are a few considerations in play:

1. The length of the work
2. The depth of the work
3. What are you doing next?

Ultimately, you should be enjoying what you're doing. That is the most important part. Learn as you go and have fun exploring what makes you the best writer you can be.
Hi Aaron Lewis, I put a winky face at the end to hopefully expose my sarcasm. I believe what works for one may or may not work for another. I am not a writer but I used to dabble, so I have no authoritative knowledge on this subject. 'On Writing' is an excellent book for other writers to see into the technique and style of Mr. King. But even Mr. King states that what works for him may not work for you. You've got the right idea that you should be enjoying what you are doing. Suffering for your art is unnecessary. Have fun finding your own writing path! All the best, mal.