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On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft | Stephen King
Long live the King hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen Kings On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writers craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. Kings advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads itfans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
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suvata
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JackOBotts That house is gorgeous! 😍 23h
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SaniyyahK
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This book was very interesting. He is writing to you like you‘re an author and damn do I not feel like one now! I never ever thought about writing my own book until I read this one. The biggest advice I got from it is to write what you know and to be honest. No matter what others tell you. I also love his book list at the end. ❤️❤️
I always get to finish books while on vacation with my man, he sleeps in so late! 😉

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I used to write LOTS and these are some of my old notebooks (I‘m going through boxes of my old junk trying to find homes for everything). It‘s been many years since I had a regular writing practice beyond updating my blog, and I really miss it.

Has anyone else out there quit writing and come back to it? How did you do it?

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AnansiGirl
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Constant writers may some day have a chance to retreat to Stephen and Tabitha King‘s home.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/amp/stephen-king-house-writers-retreat-trnd/index.htm...

#losersclub

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Amiable
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Stephen King is turning his Bangor mansion into a writer‘s retreat. How cool is that? (Even though I‘m not sure I‘d be able to sleep there...😬)

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/stephen-king-bangor-museum-ret...

Cathythoughts It‘s very cool !! And so good of them ♥️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3d
Cedricsmom This post is making me want to watch the Shining. 2d
Amiable @Cedricsmom Oh, man, I remember being a teenager watching “The Shining” with a friend—we had a blanket over our faces and kept peeking out because it scared the crap out of us! 2d
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marleed
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Although I‘m awaiting my library loan of The Institute, this is the only Stephen King book I‘ve actually read. Yesterday, I was so excited to thrift a copy for my 5-star shelf of favorite books. I read this book 2 years ago - I‘m not a writer, but it absolutely changed the way I read.

Graywacke This appeals - even though I‘m not sure I‘ll ever read his fiction (I have tried a couple times.) 6d
marleed @Graywacke This book was published in 2000 and I read it in 2017. Two years later, as I read a book and decide there is something in the writing that‘s not working for me, I can often connect it to what I gained from reading this book. I highly recommend for readers! 6d
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SaniyyahK
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Finally get a chance to read this book! I‘ve heard great things and can‘t wait to finish his story!

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Been busy, but jumping back into #quotsyoct19

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wanderinglynn
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Is anyone else planning on doing #NaNoWriMo 2019? I‘m actually going to try to prep this year. And I‘m rereading some of my books on writing, including the tagged.

I‘m wanderinglynn on there too if anyone wants to add me as a buddy.

cobwebmoth I think I'm going to try again. My library is actually going to host write-in events this year, so I'm hoping that will help. 3w
wanderinglynn @cobwebmoth 🙌🏻 Yay! Write-ins do help. Out of all the years I‘ve participated, I‘ve only “won” twice. But I do it every year because it‘s fun and I get some writing out of it. ☺️ 3w
sharread I'm thinking about it, still finishing my novel from last year, I'm hoping to be done in a couple weeks. 👍 I'd like to join you if I can. 3w
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wanderinglynn @sharread 🙌🏻 Yay! We should somehow do a virtual Litsy write-in. @cobwebmoth 3w
cobwebmoth That would be fun! 3w
Redwritinghood I‘m seriously considering it but haven‘t prepared for it at all. 3w
jb72 I am going to try again. I also recently joined a writing club at the library. 3w
Meaw_catlady I‘m gonna try. I‘m currently trying inktober. Might as well attempt nanowrimo haha 3w
wanderinglynn @Redwritinghood I never prepare! 😂 I‘m a pantser! 3w
wanderinglynn @jb72 I joined my local NaNo group, but I should see if my library has a writing group too. 👍🏻 Great idea! 3w
wanderinglynn @Meaw_catlady That‘s so cool! Are you sharing any of your inktober work? 3w
Meaw_catlady I‘m sharing it on my Instagram story ☺️ I‘m a little embarrassed by it. But it‘s great practice 3w
ulrichyumiodd I‘m planning to participate, but as I‘ve never won AND I‘ll be very busy with school readings this year, I‘m sure to fail 😂 (edited) 3w
wanderinglynn @Meaw_catlady It‘s awesome! You‘ll do great! 3w
wanderinglynn @ulrichyumiodd Starting is the hardest part. And you‘ll get something out of it. So to me, that‘s not failing. 😉 I haven‘t “won” but twice in the decade+ I‘ve been participating, but I get something down on paper every year. To me, that‘s a win. 3w
ulrichyumiodd @wanderinglynn I agree! I‘m a very slow writer, but NaNo always helped me focus on my stories. I‘m also part of a Discord group with my Camp cabin of last year, so I know I‘ll want to join the excitement :) 3w
4thhouseontheleft I might try! I think it would help me focus. What tips would you share from your past experience? 3w
wanderinglynn @4thhouseontheleft (1) Make writing every day during NaNo a priority. I block out an hour or two on my calendar. If I don‘t, then it‘s too easy to put off writing for other chores/activities. (2) get out of your own way. Don‘t worry about grammar or word choice, just get it on paper. Like free flow writing. You can polish it later during the editing phase. This is one of my biggest challenges & why I do NaNo every year. 👇🏻 3w
wanderinglynn (3) have fun. (4) find a writing group—I find group write-ins extremely motivating & all that creative energy is awesome. (5) check out the NaNo website—there‘s loads of great info, motivation, & tips. 😀 3w
cobwebmoth I sent you a buddy request. I think my username is hoticehilda over there.☺ 3w
wanderinglynn @cobwebmoth 👍🏻 I accepted! 😀 3w
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MrBook
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🤡 🎈 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyHumor

BookwormAHN 😸👏🏻😸👏🏻 1mo
llcoolnate Hahaha 1mo
vivastory 😂😂 1mo
TheBookHippie 🎉🎉🎉🎉 1mo
JulietBooks It all makes sense now. 4w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is the first book I picked in my self-directed writing course syllabus. A longtime blogger and writer, with one self-published book to my credit, I‘d like to “get serious” about my craft. King makes me want to keep writing, and also gave me the smack down on adverb use. I loved both his memoir section, and the writing advice. My copy is covered in notes!

Full review http://www.TheBilbiophage.com
#thebibliophage.com
#giftedtoyou #booked2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks @britt_brooke — it was as fabulous as you said it would be! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m trying out the Bookly app for my print book reading. I don‘t have the energy to track everything I read. But it‘s been fun. Pretty sure I have a coupon code, in case anyone‘s interested. 1mo
britt_brooke So happy you liked it!! 1mo
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Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage I've thought about bookly, but you have to pay right? I csny 1mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage sorry about last word, I can't! 1mo
TheLudicReader That‘s a great book on every level. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi The free version is pretty limited. They constantly offer you deals on the premium version. I just used the free one until the premium pricing they offered was a good enough deal. 1mo
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I've wanted to read this for ages, and just found it in the cottage we are staying in. But we're leaving tomorrow! Can I finish it by then? 😬

TrishB Oh yes you can 😁 1mo
Cathythoughts Or you can always leave a note & post the book back when your finished 1mo
marleed It‘s such a good book! 1mo
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Oryx @TrishB @Cathythoughts @marleed And it's done! Luckily it's pretty short. Really good - almost makes me want to be a fiction writer. 😃 So interesting to read about his process and his life. 1mo
marleed This book affected the way I read. I can‘t name another book that has done that. 1mo
Oryx @marleed yeah I think I'll probably notice a few things he mentions more now in my reading 1mo
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A little down time is in order, finally, as this first week of school draws to a close.

marleed The thoughts in this book have stayed with me for a long time now. I particularly notice the use of adverbs when describing dialogue. It particularly aggravating on audio! 1mo
Autumnscribe @marleed I know what you mean. 😎 1mo
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Okay. I'm ready to try Stephen King.

I'm 47 and I've never read SK because I've always been a scardey-cat and I've always thought of him as the ultimate horror author. Then I learned that I'd watched movie adaptations that I didn't know were his (Shawshank, Green Mile, Stand By Me). I saw Carrie the Musical and it was excellent, so I actually watched Carrie & Christine last year (through fingers, sometimes) and "enjoyed" them. (cont in comments)

mom2bugnbee And I've learned that he's so much more than a slasher horror author. So... What do I start with? I'm still a scardey-cat, kinda. But, boy, would I love to explore Derry. But should I? Additional note: long books don't intimidate. 1mo
JackOBotts I‘m not super well-read on SK, but The Shining May be good. 1mo
Samary I love King. Carrie still holds up but there are so many books and stories that aren‘t scary. He‘s got a huge variety in his body of work. 1mo
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JulietBooks After I watched Pet Cemetery, I knew that SK's books were going to be too scary for me. 1mo
MaureenMc The only Stephen King book I have read to date is The Eyes of the Dragon, which is a fantasy novel. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it. (I also dislike horror.) 1mo
mom2bugnbee @Samary What are some of your fave not-so-scary King, please? IT really intrigues me - is it that bad? Clowns don't scare me. I may try Carrie. 1mo
mom2bugnbee @JulietBooks Yeah, NOT reading OR watching that one! 1mo
Megabooks Yeah I don‘t think Pet Cemetery would be good for a vet 🤣🤣 I‘ve never read SK either, but I‘m very tempted by 1mo
JulietBooks My husband owns a SK book and I kind of want to read it now. Lol. 1mo
mom2bugnbee @megabooks Totally forgot that was SK! I read that one! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Megabooks Lol! Whoops! Was it good? 1mo
mom2bugnbee @megabooks I really liked it. And not scary - I'd put it in the thriller genre rather than horror. Thus proving my point about SK - I've learned that he is multifaceted. 1mo
8little_paws oh, read 11/22/63! I read it years ago and don't remember a ton of details but I don't recall it being *super scary*. It's more a time travel story and there is a love story involved. I also really dug Sleeping Beauties and ripped right through it in like a weekend. 1mo
BookwormAHN You could also try 1mo
ginganinja I LOVE The Shining and 11/22/63. The Shining is pretty scary, but 11/22/63 isn't scary at all in the traditional sense. More sci-fi/fantasy. I couldn't get through IT because of the very outdated racist language, but what I did read wasn't super scary to me. 1mo
Samary @mom2bugnbee The Stand and 11/22/63! I‘ve read IT. It‘s creepy but I love horror so to me it‘s not as scary as some people think. 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Another day off. Another afternoon with a book. I already like this considerably more than the last one. Can‘t go wrong with Mr. King. This copy was a gift from the lovely @britt_brooke for the #nonfictionswap. Fiiiinally putting it at the top of my pile! #writersread #readerswrite #memoir #writingcraft

BarbaraTheBibliophage p.s. Going back to work tomorrow is going to suck. 2mo
britt_brooke Hope you enjoy!! 🤗 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 That‘s exactly how I feel about King, I can depend on him to spin a good yarn📚❤️ (edited) 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @JanuarieTimewalker13 For sure. And this yarn is his own life! 2mo
SaniyyahK I‘m looking forward to reading this one! 2mo
Hollie I lent this to a student for the weekend. I can‘t wait to see what she thought of it! 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes!! I read that about 15 years ago, don‘t remember much. 2mo
mom2bugnbee Every writer I've ever known has said that this book is a must read for every other reader. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @mom2bugnbee I‘ve heard more or less the same thing. And that‘s why I‘m reading it before all the other writing-related books on my shelves! 😎 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Hollie I hope she loved it! 2mo
TracyReadsBooks Love this book. I reread it periodically whenever I‘m looking for inspiration about writing. What King reveals about his life is equally fascinating. 2mo
The_Real_Nani I have not a read a single Steven King novel but I loved this book. One of the best books on writing, IMHO 1mo
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mngraham
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I loved most of it but disliked some of it. I must admit, I chose to read this for the memoir part, not the on writing part (which is only about 100 pages). When I first started the on writing section I really disliked it, but I after a few chapters I started to really enjoy it. It was I teresting to read what his writing process is and what he recommends for beginning writers. In the end I loved this book and and it made me want to write more.

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MrBook
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😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyHumor

Louise Hahaha! Good one! 2mo
Lizpixie I love this!🤡 2mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Yesterday I hiked 5 miles and felt like I could have done 5 more. Today I could barely make it on my two mile neighborhood loop. Blame the humidity I guess.

I am loving my re-read of On Writing and feeling sad that it‘s almost over. I also spent some time audiocooking yesterday so I‘ll have plenty of healthy bone strengthening foods on hand for the week.
#bfcr3

britt_brooke On Writing is so good! I reread it last year on audio and loved King‘s narration. 2mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Had a great #audiowalk today in downtown DC. I love listening to Stephen King talk about his writing process, and it‘s been a great treat listening to him this week. #BFCr3

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
TheSpineView Good job! 2mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Tough start to the week. I‘m not sure I‘ll make my goal this week, and I can‘t get into any of my audiobooks. After a long day at work it felt good to pick some fresh fruits and veggies from the garden, and walk a mile with the kiddos. And I started listening to On Writing again which is one of my very favorite audiobooks. Here‘s to a strong finish for #BFCr3 week one.

TheSpineView Just take it one day at a time! 2mo
Crazeedi Looks like your garden is doing great!! 2mo
wanderinglynn One step, one day at a time. Adapt your goals if you find they‘re not working for you this week. 💜 2mo
kspenmoll Walking with your kids is a great way to exercise! 2mo
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PamelaStewart
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One of my all time favorite reads for writers. The 'King' of horror and arguably one if the most prolific and best selling writers of the 21st century talks about the craft in an engaging, informative, and somewhat autobiographical way. I don't agree with all his advice, but who can argue with results? Conversational and entertaining, it's a must have for beginning writers. (And maybe not so beginning writers) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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BarkingMadRun
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A week of swaps and my heart is full! Loving these books and cannot wait to read them all! Thank you to Heather for the books the amazing packaging, so beautiful! You‘re so talented! That bookmark is amazing, I want to bring it with me to all of my reading excursions and put it on the table 😂😂 thank you for hosting, @BookishMarginalia

squirrelbrain LOVE that bookmark! ❤️ 4mo
Heatherfeather Yay!!! So glad you like it! 4mo
BooknerdsLife Awww that bookmark is really gorgeous! 😍💙 4mo
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jen_the_scribe
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A memoir of the craft. Stephen King writes about his own life and his craft, showing us along the way how to implement his own methods for creativity, planning, and organization. He shows us that even with a family and a day job, a writer can find the time to write if they make it a priority. Somehow, it still feels like reading a story. One of my favorite books on the craft.

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#blanket #quotsyjune19 @TK-421

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marleed I loved this book. I still think about his irritation with an author‘s use of adverbs to describe a character speaking. ...If you have to use an adverb you haven‘t set up the scene well enough. It‘s particularly noticeable in an audiobook. 4mo
madamereadsalot1 @marleed you are so right about that audiobook bit! I don't think I ever noticed it quote so much as I do now that I listen to those! 4mo
Bklover Great book! 4mo
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Nute
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#30JuneBooks - Old Favorite: Stephen King is an old favorite author of mine. There was a time when it was just me and him. He was my author. I was his reader. His books were the only books that I really wanted to read. I was reading other stories, but it was always him. His stories were incredible, amazing, weird and strange. His imagination was out there. I couldn‘t get enough...yeah, for a long time he was my favorite! 👇🏽

Nute These are some of his books on my shelves. Where is The Stand? Where is It? Where is Pet Cemetery? idk😐 4mo
Branwen The Strand is one of my favorite books of all time! 😀 4mo
Texreader The Stand is just brilliant. My original copy was just rags. Maybe that‘s what happened to yours too! 4mo
BoleyBooks I‘m a huge King fan! 🤗 4mo
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jenniferheidi
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Finally got round to reading this classic. Good, solid, no nonsense writing advice from one of the world‘s best storytellers and some cracking tales from his own writing life along the way.

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Monica.Acorn
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Being a little worried, I hesitated to read this one. Kept putting it off because I was afraid it would make writing seem to daunting to master. But now, having read almost half of it, I feel more inspired than ever to grow as a writer :) I just hope the feeling lasts.

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Pam.Kokomo
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I‘ve read only three SK books, ones mild enough for me to handle. But I‘ve wanted to read this one for a long time and I loved it.

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Purrfectpages Love this! 6mo
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UnabridgedPod
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In 2012, my (Jen‘s) student book club president proposed a field trip to the #nationalbookfestival on the DC mall to see John Green speak. That was my first time (as far as I remember) seeing an author speak in person. I took a small, enthusiastic group that year. Those students loved books and authors and were willing to wait in line as long as it took (three hours!!) to shake their favorites‘ hands. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Often, students were interested in autographs (they were star struck when Veronica Roth signed copies of Divergent!), but I lean toward hearing them speak. Pictured here, clockwise from left, Diana Gabaldon, Tara Westover, Amor Towles, Jesmyn Ward, Roxane Gay, Leigh Bardugo, Nicola Yoon & Sandhya Menon, Bryan Cranston, Stephen King. Tune in this Wed. for our reflection on Unabridged experience at the VA Festival of the Book! 6mo
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"Good writing is often about letting go of fear and affectation. Affectation itself, beginning with the need to define some sorts of writing as "good" and other sorts as "bad," is fearful behavior. Good writing is also about making good choices when it comes to picking the tools you plan to work with."

I love this quote! As a writer it gives me a sense of understanding that there really is no such thing as bad writing.

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klbwriting
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Very informative and entertaining at the same time. I'm normally not a huge Stephen King fan but this book was great.

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ApplesandSpindles
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I have an essay in the new Bella Grace Magazine! They did a lovely 6 page spread with my piece. It is called "A Journey of a Mother and Son." #feelinghappy

Redwritinghood Congrats! 7mo
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klbwriting
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Nighttime tea, a book by a guy I'm not really a fan of but I know is talented and a calm playlist...perfect for getting bedtime ready

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Michollio
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I'm not particularly interested in writing myself, but I did enjoy this book and find it intriguing. There's some interesting bio plus advice on writing (fiction, for the most part). I liked seeing the life and process of a fiction writer.

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The advice to "kill your darlings" has been attributed to various authors across the various galaxies... and Mister Heist hated them all. Why teach young writers to edit out whatever it is they feel most passionate about?
Better to kill everything in their writing they DON'T love as much.
Until only the darlings remain. — Brian K. Vaughan, Saga, Vol. 3

#Darling #QuotsyFeb19

BookwormM George RR Martin certainly took this to heart 🤣🤣 8mo
lahousewyfe ❤❤❤ 8mo
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Fromthesoul
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This quote makes me feel good because I'm a writer and it makes me think that no matter what I put on paper....it could actually be good!

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Fromthesoul
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Books I got from the Thriftbooks app!

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alli
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Pickpick

I‘m not far into this but already enjoying it.

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TheBookbabeblog84
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Yes....yes, we do *evil laugh* #books #booklover #reader

julesG Both, depending on how I killed them. 😉 8mo
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ApplesandSpindles
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Pickpick

I have listened to the audio book version of this so many times since it came out and yet every time I listen I retain something different. This is solid gold for an aspiring writer. Part memoir, part writing book, it can be enjoyed for it's information on the craft or for those that want to know how Stephen King became a writer.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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1. I hate Stephen King. At least his fiction—I really liked On Writing, but I gave his novels two solid tries and can‘t do it.
2. Salty snack, then a sweet dessert! 😋
3. Jerrie (Gertrude) and Woody (Elwood); Mona and Herbert (originally Rachmiel)
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas has been my favorite for a long time.
5. Philly, always!

#friyayintro

Slajaunie I only ever liked 9mo
monalyisha I used to watch “Nightmare” every Thanksgiving night at my bff‘s house. 💀🖤 9mo
howjessreads I‘m intrigued why someone who wasn‘t named Herbert would choose to go by that name. 😂 9mo
Clare-Dragonfly @howjessreads Haha! Well, it was the 1920s, and he was just a kid when they immigrated… maybe it wasn‘t his choice! 9mo
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Valeka
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Finally!!! A ME day to work on my own writing. My happy place. 📚📖📝📓

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Reggie This was awesome, thanks for sharing! 9mo
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BeccawithaBook
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Book mail is the best mail! :)

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MockTurtle
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“‘When you write a story, you‘re telling yourself the story,‘ he said. ‘When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are _not_ the story.‘”

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BookBabe
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Our dear friend just told us at brunch that he‘s begun writing a book. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 So, after brunch, @MrBook and I immediately went to the bookstore to buy him a couple books for inspiration! The Secret History for its beautiful prose & sentences, and the other...well, I think that one speaks for itself! 😄 We‘ll surprise him with them when he comes to tea. ☺️

IamIamIam What a sweet surprise for your friend!!! Best of luck to him! 9mo
hermyknee ♥️♥️♥️ 9mo
Martyn_J_Pass On Writing is the perfect gift to get him started! 9mo
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minkyb Great gifts! 9mo
Cspen113 How thoughtful! 9mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Nice!! I love both of those books! 9mo
Velvetfur So sweet of you! 9mo
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