Stephen King is the reason I wanted to become a writer. I know, you probably hear that a lot, but honestly, before I was old enough to vote, or buy a bottle of wine or kiss a boy, Stephen King novels lined the chipped white dresser in my bedroom. I have discovered many great writers over the years but Mr.King will always hold a special place in my heart.
Stephen King’s book ON WRITING is the most popular book about writing ever written. Of course it is. Here are a few great quotes from the book:
“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair–the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.”
“Writing is refined thinking.”
“Paragraphs are almost always as important for how they look as for what they say; they are maps of intent.”
“Put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”