Stephen King – Writing Tips

Stephen King

Tips for Writers

While I admit I am not much of a horror genre reader, I love Stephen King as a writter. I feel next to The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by Strunk and White, I feel his two books no writing are necessities to any aspiring writer.

I also like the blog Open Culture. I thought I would share a video in which Stephen King discusses creativity.

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Useless Starts To Sentences

Computer columnist John C. Dvorak.
Computer columnist John C. Dvorak. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While I am digging through news feeds looking for material to scribe about, I am listening to The No Agenda Show.  While you can say what you wish about John C. Dvorak and Adam Curry, personally, I love their show. I have been listening to Adam since his Daily Source Code podcast.  I could not tell you how long I have read Dvorak and regardless of what he said about the PC mouse, I still think he is a required-tech-guru follow. Their snarky, critical thinking is a welcome change from the mainstream media.

As they often do, they were discussing politics.   In this instance, the recent Democratic Debates.  Mr. Dovorak presented a list of phrases that he noticed the participants often starting a sentence with… phrases that added nothing to the meaning of the sentence. Continue reading “Useless Starts To Sentences”


acorn photoYeah, that should have been acorns.  We all hear it, likely most of us do it ourselves as well.  And we all know at least one person who confuses such words often.  You know vivid or livid, etc.,

This post made me wonder what the best one I could recall was.

In a performance review, I once herd heard uttered,  “Now that you have gained some expedience, you should be contently improvising.”.  I continued to rapidly toss out comic remarks ever since… I didn’t last long in that particular position.

Seems there is a long list of these mistakes.  What is the best one you have ever heard?

Another Reason to Like Stephen King

Stephen King Dollar Babies

Stephen King, American author best known for h...
Stephen King, American author best known for his enormously popular horror novels. King was the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Taken at the 2007 New York Comicon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While I am not the biggest fan of his horror fiction, I love what happens when someone does a movie based on one of his books.  Furthermore, I think that his book, On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft, rivals even The Elements of Style for being a necessity to every writer.  If you desire to write, you need to read and re-read both of these books. You should also look over his FAQs, specifically the section on writing.

Recently, I discovered another reason to like and respect the horror writer.  He has this page at his website titled Stephen King Dollar Babies.  It is a place where a film student can buy rights to one of King’s works to do a film project.   Honestly, what film student wouldn’t want to do a King story?



Calligraphy entered Japan in the third century...
Calligraphy entered Japan in the third century BC from China during its states wars. Japanese used calligraphy to write their haikus on decorative banners. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three Haikus

These creative works originally published here on 20 September, 2004.

God blessing hearts

Two paths touching and merging
Childlike giddiness


Warm, sweet and beaming
Pure, perfect, infectious
Nice epidemic


Whispering calm
Passive honesty rules all
Awesome beauty

Millions and Trillions

This is a post originally published here 30 December 2003.

I am not exactly the most “normal ” person in the world but the fate of such would rather bore me. This is piece of work should serve to prove that point. It is actually an essay I wrote for a class assignment.

So I am rather comfortable with ” not being normal ” . After all if I were such, what part of that .5 dog would I own? Safe to bet, I would not get the better end of the deal. Most people my age are more concerned with their house, and car payments, than I am.

I tend to dwell in the more abstract and bizarre frets and worries. For example, how much is one million or one billion? I am well aware that these are rather large numbers but how can I get a handle on them? Continue reading “Millions and Trillions”

Why I Say “I am a Writer”

I Am a Writer, Are You?


Quill Pen
Quill Pen (Photo credit: ROSS HONG KONG)

I have reached the point where I tell other people “I am a writer”. I have not always said that. In the past, I would say “I like to write” or “I would like to write”, both of which lack assertiveness. Some have asked when I made this switch in identity. I didn’t write down the date. The matter of when is not as important as the matters of why and what. While timing and deadlines are important, they are secondary to mindset. Continue reading “Why I Say “I am a Writer””