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What does Stephen King say about writing?

Stephen King may well be one of the world’s greatest living authors. He has authored many short stories, novels, novellas, and a few non-fiction books. Many of his stories have been adapted into movies, like The Shining, Misery, and It. God willing, great works will continue to flow from his brilliant mind. According to King, God will let him know when to stop writing. 

Stephen King has been referred to as the King of Horror. Today, I would like to refer to him as the King of Writing, as I list 5 of Stephen King’s motivational quotes about writing.

The scariest moment is always just before you start.— Stephen King

Did I just mention that Stephen King is considered the King of Horror? You would think that he would know what is considered scary. 

So, it is encouraging to know that the King of Horror thinks that it is a very scary moment when you contemplate writing. Maybe you feel that way, now. 

Just knowing that King suffered from the same fears that may plague new writers is an encouragement that can cast out those demons. Just look at where King is now!

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.— Stephen King

One of the fears that one has to face is the fear of not being talented enough to write. King tells us that in order to be successful you have to work hard. So, it is not how much talent you have; it is how hard you work. Maybe you have heard other successful writers say the same thing, claiming that even if you are not successful in the beginning that by working hard you can eventually be successful. Never give up. Just keep writing. 

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.— Stephen King

Even when you have decided that you are going to overcome your fears, and work hard towards becoming a successful writer, you sometimes just sit there in front of the page, and you wait. What are you waiting for? If you really want to be successful, don’t wait. King says so; so believe it. 

Sometimes inspiration does not come until you start writing. That is the whole point that King was making. You cannot wait for inspiration, you have to chase it. You have to take action. Sitting there in front of the computer keyboard or typewriter looking at the keys almost never leads to inspiration. Just start writing, and everything will fall into place.

When asked, “How do you write?”, I invariably answer, “One word at a
time.” — Stephen King

Start writing? How? 

King says to do it “one word at a time.” That makes perfect sense. Try not to overthink it, as many new writers do. Don’t overcomplicate the process, making writing harder than it actually is. Writing is literally placing one word at a time on the page. Don’t think that you have to create the whole article or book in your head before you even start writing.

Some of my friends sometimes have me drive them to work. One of these friends is a talker, the one that cannot stop talking for the entire drive. He seems to have an opinion about everything under the sun, and he lets everyone else in the car know it. I told this talkative friend that he should start writing, and publish his thoughts for the world to see. He told me that he does not know anything about writing. I told him, “You can talk. You are always talking. Why not just write down what you would normally say?”

At that moment, he was at a loss for words. For once, he did not know what to say. I thought maybe I had offended him. 

But, then he said, “You know what? You’re right! You are exactly right. I think I will begin to write. Thank you.”

But, it is true. When you talk about something that you are passionate about with friends and colleagues, you speak to them without even thinking about how the words fall in line, but you do it one word at a time. 

If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the
tools to write.— Stephen King

Now, this quote might hit you hard. If you are like me, you probably like to read, but it might not be your favorite pastime. But, it is true that in order to learn how other writers write, you need to read what other writers write. 

In addition to learning about writing by reading, you learn more about topics to write about. Or, you may be inspired to write about something totally different. Reading expands the possibilities.


Remember Stephen King’s wise words for writers. His quotes provide the motivation to work harder at writing, and to overcome the insecurities that most successful writers have felt at one time, or possibly still feel from time to time. 

Don’t fear writing; fear the blank page. That is the real enemy. 

So, just read, and work hard at what you want to accomplish one word at a time, and inspiration will find you a long the way.

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