Wednesday, August 4, 2021

IWSG - On Writing

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Purpose of the IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Join us!

The Question:

What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?

My Answer

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King. When doubts crept in, this book helped to inspire me to continue. And I love trying new things, always.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


"The scariest moment is always

just before you start.”


“you can, you should,

and if you’re brave enough to start,

you will.”


“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”


“Write with the door closed,

rewrite with the door open.”


“Writing is not life,

but I think that sometimes

it can be a way back to life.”


The next one though is the most important:

 “You cannot hope to sweep someone else away

by the force of your writing

until it has been done to you.”


Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft








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  1. LOL - and if your own writing doesn't sweep you away, it won't sweep anybody away.

  2. Stephen King's book was definitely one of the best writing craft books I've read.

  3. So many great quotes and advice in that book!

  4. Somehow, I've never gotten around to actually reading On Writing. It feels like the kind of thing where the ambitious young writer gets to the end, and realizes he's about to be devoured by otherworldly clowns or something.
    Happy IWSG Day.

  5. Hi,
    I love the last quote you listed by Stephen King. I needed to hear that because I thought something was wrong with me because I enjoyed losing myself in my own books that have been published.
    Thanks for sharing that and I will now read the book. I've had it for ages just haven't read it.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  6. That's a good book. Thanks for sharing it.

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