Writing stories is like excavating a fossil

According to King, there are two necessities to become a good writer: read a lot and write a lot. In order to learn and perfect the craft, it is necessary to read and write every day in a place where you can close the door with zero distractions.

Contrary to the old adage of “write what you know”, King says “don’t write what you know; write what you like.” He uses the metaphor of writing stories like excavating a fossil; it is all there, but the writer needs to discover it.

Erik Shinker, blogger at pastduereview.com says, “It is difficult to find a more well-known contemporary writer than Stephen King …

In his review of King’s memoir/nonfiction book, Shinker gives a great summary of the craft of writing from Stephen King’s POV.

Read more – On Writing – Review — The Past Due Review

About Springfield Writers' Guild

Springfield Writers' Guild was formed in 1943 to encourage new writers and hone the skills of the writing craft. The group meets every fourth Saturday of the month (except for December) at McAlister's Deli, 1711 W. Battlefield in Springfield, Missouri. Visitors are welcome.
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