Writing Routines

Writing Routine – Stephen King

Stephen King is one of the most well know authors in the modern world. His career spans over forty years. Published sixty-one novels. Producing sometimes two – three novels a year, his books have sold over 350 million copies.

He writes every day, weekdays, weekends, even Christmas. Early in his writing career, he would not stop until he had achieved two thousand words. These days he has slowed a little. He now writes four to six hours a day, depending on how long it takes for him to reach his quota to fill six pages. His creation process is a little different from most writers. He begins by imagining ‘What if’ scenarios. Then the story develops from there.

He follows the same writing routine every day.

He wakes in the morning with either a glass of water or a cup of tea. Walks three and a half miles. Then sits down between 8.00 am – 8.30 am each day and listens to a piece of music. Everything then has to be the same. The same chair, arrange the same papers in the same way so he can dream. He likes to isolate himself. He filters any distractions when he writes. If there’s a window, he draws the curtains. If there’s a phone, he gets rid of it. That way, he can shape his creativity by letting his imagination loose. He reads the last page of the work from the previous day and then clicks back into that world. Then he creates.

By doing all of this, he can finish the first draft of his new book within three months.

Stephen King’s advice for a writer

-Write for yourself and then worry about the audience

-Don’t get obsessed over perfect grammar

-The magic is in you.

-Read, read and read some more.

-Don’t worry about making other people happy.

-Stick to your own style.

-Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings.

-You become a writer simply by reading and writing.

See the links below to check out full article at The Atlantic and Barnes and Noble.



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