So to continue my pulling tips from my favorite books on creativity I am going to look back on “On Writing” by Stephen King. One of my favorites. I have read most of Mr. King’s books (certainly those in the last 20 years), and I have gone back to some of the older classics. I am really into the Dark Tower, I mean really into it. I have read it all, reference books, and many podcast about it. There was the movie but we aren’t going to talk about that. I have high hopes for the Amazon show that is coming soon. It looks like it will cover one of my favorite story lines.
But back to “On Writing” the first half is sort of an autobiography, telling the tales of Mr. King’s attempts to make it as a writer, his wife pulled “Carrie” out of the trash and convinced him to submitted it!
The second have is tips to write. I really like the part about showing up each day to write. And not having any distractions, still working on that (don’t pick up your phone don’t pick up your phone).
Mr. King is a master of character and dialogue, He often talks about putting to characters in a room and letting them talk. I think that is a cool way to get atmosphere and have people talk like normal people (which they don’t always do in comics) and have the story develop.
I am trying to work on this as I tend to be a concept writer, but I am finding more and more (and notes I am getting on my scripts, back this up) I need to know why people are doing things in my stories, what do they want. So I am hoping to blend a bit of this method with outlines.
Thanks for checking out the blog, back next week with more insights from a book on creativity
Go out make some stories!