Last week, I spent a lot of my down time watching Stephen King interviews on YouTube. His and his son’s new book, Sleeping Beauties, just came out, and I think it was an interview about that that took me down the proverbial rabbit hole.
It’s no secret that good ol’ Uncle Stevie is one of my favorite – if not my absolute favorite – authors. Maybe that’s a cliche, but oh well. I started reading him in college (Christinewas my first) and, though I may take long breaks away from his books, I’ve never really stopped. Last count, I’ve read over 30 of his books.
So, what does this have to do with the writing of my own book? What would the advice of some old white dude who writes horror/suspense novels be worth to some chick writing an m/m romance novel? If you didn’t already, I’m going to need you to watch that video up there.
Though the advice he gives is presented in a very tongue-in-cheek way, it’s some of the best writing advice out there, no matter who you are and what genre you’re writing:
- Show, Don’t Tell – Pretty basic, but so essential it’s always worth repeating. Paint the picture. Bring your readers into the story. Make them feel what your characters are feeling, both good and bad.
- Rewriting Is Important – I don’t know yet if this is true for me, as I haven’t actually done it with my own work yet. We’ll see in a week.
- To Develop As A Writer, You Must Read Constantly – I know for a fact this is some of the best writing advice out there. I know this because as I’ve said before, it’s the only way I’ve learned how to write/get better at writing. I can go back to things I wrote years ago and, though I can almost always find little bits and pieces I’m still proud of, I can definitely tell that I’ve matured as a writer over the years. Hell, my best friend read two pieces of Walking Dead fan fiction I wrote a few months apart and even in that amount of time, she could tell I picked up a classic or two. I think that was the first time I really believed reading makes a difference. And I haven’t stopped believing – or reading – since.
My point is, when you’re a writer, you’re a writer. It doesn’t matter if you write horror like he does or m/m romance like I plan to, good advice is good advice. And who better to take advice from than the reigning King?