These five quotes were in Stephen King’s “On Writing” which at the moment has 130,690 ratings in goodreads so it has obviously made an impact. It sure did for us.
Our writing has been called ‘simplistic’ which we actually don’t mind. We have not gone out of our way to do a lot of “world building” and we also don’t spend a lot of time on descriptions of either people or places. We would rather our readers fill in all that detail.
That said, if you have read Onyx Webb you’ll probably be able to tell why these five quotes from King’s book are our favorites!
“I’m not particularly keen on writing which exhaustively describes the physical characteristics of the people in the story and what they’re wearing… I can always get a J. Crew catalogue… …So spare me, if you please, the hero’s ‘sharply intelligent blue eyes’ and ‘outthrust determined chin’.”
“All I ask is that you do as well as you can, and remember that, while to write adverbs is human, to write he said or she said is divine.”
“One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes. The pet is embarrassed and the person who committed this act of premeditated cuteness should be even more embarrassed.”
“In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”
“I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.”
If you are a writer yourself or plan to do some writing, pick up a copy of On Writing it will surely inspire you as it has us.
Thank you for visiting us! Your comments are always read and appreciated. If you have NOT read and reviewed Book One, please go grab your copy today! – AW