Book Notes: On Writing

[AN: All notes are taken verbatim from the book. I claim no rights to them.]

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

1. It starts with this: 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. (101)

2. Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often bad books have more to teach than the good. (145)

3. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. (147)

4. “The book is the boss,” Alfred Bester. (159)

5. Story is honorable and trustworthy; plot is shifty and best kept under house arrest. (170)

6. It’s about the osprey, and it’s always about the story (176)

7. If a writer knows what he or she is doing, I’ll go along for the ride. If he or she doesn’t…well, I’m in my fifties now, and there are a lot of books out there. I don’t have time to waste with poorly written ones. (179)

8. When you write a book, your spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest. (201)

9. 2nd draft = 1st draft – 10%. (222)

10. You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons are all the ones you teach yourself. (236)

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