Stephen King’s Ten Commandments of Writing

Found this, this morning and thought I would pass it on.


stephen king quotesI got a lot of feedback on Nathan Branford’s 10 Commandments I published a few weeks ago, so I wanted to share another collection. I picked Stephen King because there’s been a buzz about his book,On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, in my PLN–even though it’s a good fourteen years old. When I went searching for his  ubiquitous Writer’s Ten Commandments, I found lots of lists, but each different. It became clear that he has so many great suggestions, trying to distill it to ten became a subjective decision.

What was universal was this #1 Commandment:

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

Stephen King is another in a long list of ultimate writers who exhort would-be authors that the foundation of good writing is reading. I can’t tell you how often I’ve…

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