Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers

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Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers

Some of these are great;


  • Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”
  • Don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”
  • The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”
  • Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”
  • Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”
  • You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”


I highly recommend On Writing by Stephen King and probably every book he's ever written...


He's as good a teacher as he is a writer. Been a fan for a long time - and have long thought On Writing an excellent book for anyone who's ever picked up a pen and sought to get something down on paper. Thanks for sharing, Karl.

I loved his book, but then I grew up reading his novels.

I find that I have to pick the parts that suit me and my methods and lifestyle though, or I start feeling that I'm not a 'proper' writer but he's very inspiring.