I found this article on www.businessinsider.com and thought I’d share Stephen King’s 22 tips on how to become a good writer. He opens by saying, “Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers.” If you are curious to read the master’s cardinal rules, click the link below.
Stephen King On How To Write – Business Insider.
I’m starting to understand those feelings that I have so often read about from many others. That Old “Editing Feeling”. You know, the one you get when you have sent your ‘baby’ – your manuscript to the editor to start the process of what Stephen King likes to call “murder your darlings”. When I opened up the sample chapter I had forwarded to my editor before submitting the whole MS, and saw all those ‘red marks’, chop this, cut that, it hurt. I know I was prepared for such slashings, but none-the-less it still hurt. There were some good moments through it though, particularly when one page could get scathed by with no markings, that felt victorious. So as I await my work to come back to me in the next week, I am preparing for the work I will have cut out for me. I just wanted to share my feelings of the ‘first coming’ and let you all know that no matter what must be done, you are going to feel pain. Just a thought.