Short Essay About Writing by Stephen King

Read “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”, and when you’re done chuckling, note the necessary ideas:

  • His point #5: throw away reference books. This works for all first drafts. I don’t care if you’re writing a novel, a spec, or code. It works. Interrupting flow and what do you have? Mistakes. Lots of them. Stay in flow and what do you have? Something that fits together — but is not necessarily done after the first draft. That’s fine. You don’t want something done after the first draft, because all writing requires
  • His point # 3 and 4: being self-critical and remove every extraneous word. This is refactoring as you proceed, not waiting until you’ve already checked in the code, or asked for review. If you’ve done this and you’re stuck, fine, ask for help. But first read your own work and see what you can take out.

I highly recommend King’s On Writing if you’re thinking of writing anything. I have the hardcopy version, and it is one of the best investments I made in my writing.

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