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Thursday, April 12, 2012

King Quotes on Writing--That's Stephen, Not Ultimate

I'm reading Stephen King's On Writing (again--for the third time), so that I can do a good review of it.  Considering that I'm about 2/3 done right now, and that today's agenda involves bringing in the trashcan from the street, I suspect tomorrow will be the actual review.

So I figured a few King quotes might tease and tantalize you.  All of these are from On Writing.

"Fiction is the truth inside the lie."
"While it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad one, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one."
"A good deal of literary criticism serves only to reinforce a caste system which is as old as the intellectual snobbery which nurtured it."
"Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work and enriching your own life as well,.  It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over.  Getting happy, okay?  Getting happy." 
"Talent in cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
 "When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'"

See, doesn't he look happy?

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