Friday, April 16, 2010

Stephen King Quotes

I believe the first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months…Any longer and — for me, at least — the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel, like a dispatch from the Romanian Department of Public Affairs, or something broadcast on high-band shortwave duiring a period of severe sunspot activity.

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

If you're not talented, you won't succeed. And if you're not succeeding, you should know when to quit. When is that? I don't know. It's different for each writer. Not after six rejection slips, certainly, nor after sixty. But after six hundred? Maybe. After six thousand? My friend, after six thousand pinks, it's time you tried painting or computer programming.

Excerpts from Mr. King's book, "On Writing."


  1. About the contest, do they want a short story or a chapter of the story you're working on?

  2. They want a one-shot (short story) which can be from 2000-10000 words. If you click on the link posted, you can get all the details on what they require and where to send your story. Good luck. ;)

  3. Sorry...the link can be found in the "Original Fan Fiction" post.

  4. Okay, thanks(: And yeah, I read everything, including their requirements but had never heard of the book until now. lol. I might actually read it. Since it's going to be presented in their second book, but isn't allowed to have any similar plots or characters- I'm assuming this is completely original. And I realize I come to you alot and if it's becoming annoying, I'm sorry. lol.

  5. LOL, it's not annoying at all. Yes, you are supposed to have something completely original. I think the Kingdom series is new. The first book does look good.

  6. I was just thinking about what King said.. I think he is talking about a person who has writing as their main job. They wake up and all they have to do for their day is 'go to work' and write.
    If he was talking about people who have other things that take priority in their lives (children, a 'real' job, etc..) then I don't see how a long book could only take 3 months. For me, writing as much as I can, I can't get more than a spout of 30-60 mins straight of constant work before I'm needed else where. I have 2 kids who I refuse to put my story before. Their needs come first. So during the day I get little to no writing done. After they go to bed I can work, but I can't stay up all night writing, since I have kids to look after the next day..

    anyway.. just something I was thinking about. Since I've gone over the 3 months already lol.

    OH something else.. Is he talking about researching and writing outlines too? Or just the act of writing the story after all the previous work is done?