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Nothing he says about writing is particularly new but these are the points that struck me as more worth remembering than most:
"You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself."
"The scariest moment is just before you start."
"You should have settled on a daily writing goal. As with physical exercise, it would be best to set this goal low at first, to avoid discouragement. I suggest a thousand words a day."
King himself aims for two thousand words a day and he confesses that:
"On some days those ten pages come easily; I'm up and out doing errands by eleven thirty in the morning ... More frequently, as I grow older, I find myself eating lunch at my desk and finishing the day's work around one-thirty in the afternoon. Sometimes, when the words come hard, I'm still fiddling around at teatime. Either way is fine with me, but only under dire circumstances do I allow myself to shut down before I get my 2000 words."
He explains that:
"Once I start work on a project, I don't stop - and I don't slow down unless I absolutely have to. If I don't write every day, the characters begin to stale off in my mind - they begin to seem like characters instead of real people. The tale's narrative cutting edge starts to rust and I begin to lose my hold on the story's plot and pace. Worst of all, the excitement of spinning something new begins to fade. The work starts to feel like work, and for most writers that is the smooch of death. Writing is at its best - always, always, always - when it is a kind of inspired play for the writer."
He also quotes advice he received form a mentor called John Gould:
"When you write a story, you're telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story."
To this King adds, "Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open".
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