Book Review: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

King is a real master of commonplace language and reading through this book exemplifies his ability to make long passages of text sound conversational and interesting.  The memoir portions of the book are interesting and endear him to me, but I was reading for the portion about writing.  A lot of what he says is advice you'll hear everywhere.  Some of it is just his opinion about how to write well and although it is spoken as gospel should not, in my -- not a published author and not likely to ever reach his level of renown -- opinion, be regarded as such.  But there are a lot of real gems here.  And what he says explains a lot to me about his writing style.  I would definitely recommend this book to aspiring writers just because it is so well-expressed from start to end.

By Trey McIntyre, ago

My Little NaNoWriMo

I’ve always wanted to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and one year I actually signed up for it. But I’ve never really done it.  I’m not really sure why. I keep a running list of story and book ideas, so it’s not the case that I have nothing Read more…

By Trey McIntyre, ago

Trying to Write

I’ve been mulling over the writing prompt I posted from the other day. I really want to write a story from it and I have a lot of nice threads, but so far I haven’t been able to get them to come together. The last time I wrote a story Read more…

By Trey McIntyre, ago

Writing Prompt

I was scrolling through some writing prompts last night and came across this one  on Reddit that I like. You’re a killer dumping your latest victim into the river. Just as you’re about to be done, you spot another person. Doing exactly the same thing. And they’ve just spotted you, Read more…

By Trey McIntyre, ago

On the Blog Again

I’ve had an idea for a novel — actually a series of novels — bouncing around in my head for at least the last five years.  But I’ve done nothing to actually get it down on paper.  I just keep mulling over characters, scenes, plot ideas… and never really writing Read more…

By Trey McIntyre, ago
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