A Memoir of the CraftBook - 2010
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Part memoir, part guidebook, Stephen King’s classic will appeal even to those who avoid King’s renowned horror-packed tales. In this book, King discusses how he came to be the writer we know today.
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"Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy" (King 269)
"Thin descriptions leaves the reader feeling bewildered and nearsighted. Overdescription buries him or her in details and images. The trick is to find the happy medium" (King 174)
"I want to suggest that to write to your best abilities, it behooves you to construct your own toolbox and then build up enough muscles so you can carry it with you. Then, instead of looking at a hard job and getting discouraged, you will perhaps seize the correct tool and get immediately to work" (King 114)
"And here we go-actual telepathy in action. You'll notice I have nothing up my sleeves and that my lips never move. Neither, most likely, do yours" (King 105)
"When you write a story, you're telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, you main job is taking out all the things that are not the story" (King 37)
'I want to suggest that to write to your best abilities, it behooves you to construct your own toolbox and then build up enough muscle so you can carry it with you. Then, instead of looking at a hard job and getting discouraged, you will perhaps seize the correct tool and get immediately to work.'
John Gould, editor, Lisbon's Weekly Enterprise: 'Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right -- as right as you can, anyway -- it belongs to anyone who wants to read it.'
"... sometimes even a monster is no monster. Sometimes it's beautiful and we fall in love with all that story, more than any film or TV program could ever hope to provide. Even after a thousand pages we don't want to leave the world the writer has made for us, or the make-believe people who live there."
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