How to write a story or fiction?
I have read Stephen King’s memoir, which is about the craft of writing. I love it from start to end. It’s like listening to a piece of good music. Melodic, beautiful, and entertaining. I cherry-pick 3 quotes from the book, to sum up On Writing for you to have a quick read.
- Write what you like, then imbue it with life and make it unique by blending in your own personal knowledge of life, friendship, relationships, sex, and work.
- The practice is invaluable (and should feel good, really not like practice at all) and that honesty is indispensable. Skills in the description, dialogue, and character development all boil down to seeing or hearing clearly and then transcribing what you see or hear with equal clarity (and without using a lot of tiresome, unnecessary adverbs).
- If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.
Show the story: narration, description, and dialogue
I have jotted down the points to note, for you to keep in mind while writing a story. These are the writing tips from Stephen King and his ways of writing fictions.
- Ask “what if” to build the narrative
- The good description usually consists of a few well-chosen details that will stand for everything else
- The use of simile and other figurative language is one of the chief delights
- You must tell the truth if your dialogue is to have resonance and realism
- The basic rule of vocabulary is to use the first word that comes to your mind if it is appropriate and colorful
- Use active voice instead of passive voice
- Avoid adverbs
- Leave it for at least 6 weeks before editing
- Check the spellings, unclear pronouns
- Look for what you meant and reinforce that meaning
Add metaphors or similes like a pro
I enjoy reading Stephen’s unique metaphors or similes, which he is good at using so as to enrich his writing. Here’re some examples:
- Writers are carpenters; writing skills are tools
- As your mind and body grow accustomed to a certain amount of sleep each night so can you train your waking mind to sleep creatively and work out the vividly imagined waking dreams which are successful works of fiction
- I believe stories are found things, like fossils
How do you like it if I show you a metaphor source which you can access online and get many good references? Dr. Mardy has created one for us, for free!
42 thoughts on “on writing”
Interesting and helpful. (I was going to say very interesting, but now I’m watching my adverbs!)
Thank you for this post.
lol It’s great that you’re applying that right away!
I agree with “the King”. I always told my executives (when writing reports), I want simple sentences. Subject, verb, complement. Use adjectives with extreme moderation, and if you want to put adverb, call me. (Georges Clemenceau I believe)
hahaha “if you want to put adverb, call me” I think this is funny :p
Georges Clemenceau was a French politician and Newspaper owner. He published Zola’s “J’accuse” about the Dreyfus affair. I once read that quote from him to his junior journalists, and I’ve used it ever since. Thanks for the visit and comment.
Great synopsis of the key points. I have this book but haven’t started it yet. Thanks for the push. 🙂
haha thank you! I’m happy I become a nudge.
Nice advice,my dear!!🌹🌹🌹
Thank you Aruna 😀
I have this book of King’s – it makes it all sound so easy. hah!
Quick summary for you ahaha 😀
I think I just found the next book I need to read. Thanks!
You’re welcome, dear. 🙂
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I am reading the book -definitely enjoying it
I love it too! ❤
Thank you so much Helen. I needed to hear this 😊🤗
you’re welcome! ❤
I read and loved this book many years ago. Thanks for the refresher course. I may pull it out and re-read. Great post.
happy to hear from you! ❤
I’m currently reading this book (about 3/4 finished) and am loving it. King is giving me plenty of things to think about.
Yes it’s a good read! I still love it a lot!
Stephen King makes this all seem easy.. No wonder he is rated as the master-storyteller….
I think one of the things I have taken up for my writing is most importantly to write what I want to read….
It’s great to write something we’re passionate about. ❤
I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book too, gave some very good insights. Thanks for sharing the link, will check it out.
Hope you enjoy this one too! ❤
I’m going to read this book
Great! go for it ❤
I love this book. It’s really fun to also listen to his audiobook, his voice and way of reading! Thanks for stopping by my page :}
You make me wanna try the audiobbok. XD
let me know when you do :}}}
Thank you for this content . I now plan to read this book and hopefully write my own
That’s great! Looking forward to your book. 😀
I’m working on it
Thank you . I will jet you know
As an aspiring writer, I found your article highly informative and entertaining! Thank you for posting. ✨
Thank you Veronica! ❤ I will publish another blog post about writing. Stay tuned 😀