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Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting."

The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.




Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "The rest of it - and perhaps the best of it - is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will."

The rest of it - and perhaps the best of it - is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven."

I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "Reading takes time, and the glass teat takes too much of it."

Reading takes time, and the glass teat takes too much of it.




Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "It is completely raw, the sort of thing I feel free to do with the door shut—it’s the story undressed, standing up in nothing but its socks and undershorts."

It is completely raw, the sort of thing I feel free to do with the door shut—it’s the story undressed, standing up in nothing but its socks and undershorts.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest."

When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "You try to tell yourself that you've been lucky, most incredibly lucky, and usually that works because it's true. Sometimes it doesn't work, that's all. Then you cry."

You try to tell yourself that you've been lucky, most incredibly lucky, and usually that works because it's true. Sometimes it doesn't work, that's all. Then you cry.




Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered."

If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that."

Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "It's hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written."

It's hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "It's best to have your tools with you. If you don't, you're apt to find something you didn't expect and get discouraged."

It's best to have your tools with you. If you don't, you're apt to find something you didn't expect and get discouraged.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "For years I dreamed of having the sort of massive oak slab that would dominate a room..."

For years I dreamed of having the sort of massive oak slab that would dominate a room...




Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "And, instead of pelting these babbling idiots with their own freshly toasted marshmallows, everyone else sitting around the fire is often nodding and smiling and looking solemny thoughtful."

And, instead of pelting these babbling idiots with their own freshly toasted marshmallows, everyone else sitting around the fire is often nodding and smiling and looking solemny thoughtful.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time."

The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "The road to hell is paved with adverbs."

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "The scariest moment is always just before you start."

The scariest moment is always just before you start.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will."

you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "To write is human, to edit is divine."

To write is human, to edit is divine.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy."

It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "Symbolism exists to adorn and enrich, not to create an artificial sense of profundity."

Symbolism exists to adorn and enrich, not to create an artificial sense of profundity.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s."

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



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor."

The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing."

By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.




Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "The truth is that most writers are needy."

The truth is that most writers are needy.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "It's worked! Our marriage has outlasted all of the world leaders, except for Castro. And if we keep talking, arguing, making love and dancing to the Ramones- it'll probably keep working."

It's worked! Our marriage has outlasted all of the world leaders, except for Castro. And if we keep talking, arguing, making love and dancing to the Ramones- it'll probably keep working.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot if difference. They don't have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough."

Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot if difference. They don't have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "The object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.... Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction."

The object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.... Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open."

Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "The word is only a representation of the meaning, even at its best, writing almost always falls short of full meaning."

The word is only a representation of the meaning, even at its best, writing almost always falls short of full meaning.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "When you’re still too young to shave, optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure."

When you’re still too young to shave, optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings."

Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "The heart also knows things, and so does the imagination. Thank God. If not for heart and imagination, the world of fiction would be a pretty seedy place. It might not even exist at all."

The heart also knows things, and so does the imagination. Thank God. If not for heart and imagination, the world of fiction would be a pretty seedy place. It might not even exist at all.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on both of us."

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on both of us.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "What you need to remember is that there’s a difference between lecturing about what you know and using it to enrich the story. The latter is good. The former is not."

What you need to remember is that there’s a difference between lecturing about what you know and using it to enrich the story. The latter is good. The former is not.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you."

You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or despair ... Come to it any way but lightly."

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or despair ... Come to it any way but lightly.



Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft Quotes: "Only God gets it right the first time and only a slob says, "Oh well, let it go, that's what copyeditors are for."

Only God gets it right the first time and only a slob says, "Oh well, let it go, that's what copyeditors are for.