What Stephen King Taught Me

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This is a wonderful post about learning from Stephen King!

K. D. Dowdall

Stephan King

Stephen King wrote a seminal work on fantasy fiction writing—a memoir of the craft on writing by the same name: Stephen King: A memoir of the Craft – On Writing.

When I decided to write fantasy fiction, instead of just dreaming about it, I decided the best place to start would be with Stephen King. Who better to learn from but a master fiction writer?  So, I purchased his book in the year 2005, read it several times, high-lighted tantalizing concepts, tabbed with sticky writable tabs until I had outlined the entire book.  I soon learned that reading about writing, tabbing every conceivable point of interest does not necessarily create a master fiction writer or even a mediocre fiction writer.

So, I stopped reading books on writing and just started reading books I loved: Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Edgar Allen Poe, Harry Potter, Hans Christian Anderson, and so many others.  I…

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4 thoughts on “What Stephen King Taught Me

  1. Reading what succeeded in being published is a good plan… especially since so many how-to’s seem to be more fluff or less comprehensible than they should be to be of any help. But I still wish we could count on education or writing schools to provide mentorship like all of the other art forms do… This teach-yourself method is time-consuming and creates a minefield of missteps…

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