A few years ago, after an infamous accident that nearly killed him, author Stephen King completed an autobiography he had been working on and published it. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a two-part book, focusing on his life and how he became a writer as well as his own tips for would-be writers about what you should and shouldn’t do.
Fans of King’s work will no doubt find the book entertaining whether they wish to write or not. If you want to see your name in lights in front of book stores one day, his writing advice is entertaining as well.
I published this quote originally an earlier version of this journal, and I thought I would bring it here.
“I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing. If one is writing for one’s own pleasure, that fear may be mild — timidity is the word I’ve used here. If, however, one is working under deadline — a school paper, a newspaper article, the SAT writing sample — that fear may be intense. Dumbo got airborne with the help of a magic feather; you may feel the urge to grasp a passive verb or one of those nasty adverbs for the same reason. Just remember before you do that Dumbo didn’t need the feather: the magic was in him.”
— Stephen King,
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft