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On Writing

On Writing is a classic book (published just 20+ years ago, in 2000) by Stephen King. It is part memoir, part writing instruction, part how King did what he did, and does what he does.
What does Stephen King say about writing? about what it takes to be a writer? about what you need to do to be a writer? Listen, and find out! Here are four quotes from the book: = = = If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut. Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The job boils down to two things: paying attention to how the real people around you behave and then telling the truth about what you see. In the spring of my senior year at Lisbon High—1966, this would’ve been—I got a scribbled comment that changed the way I rewrote my fiction once and forever. Jotted below the machine-generated signature of the editor was this mot: “Not bad, but puffy. You need to revise for length. Formula: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%. Good luck.” = = = Troy Harkin and David Clink will talk about the book: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Our special guest is our first return guest, Bev Vincent. Bev was our guest for Season 1 Episode 7, where we talked about The Dead Zone. See author photo and bio below.
Bev Vincent is the author of The Road to the Dark Tower and The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, as well as over 100 short stories, including appearances in Ellery Queen’sAlfred Hitchcock’s and Black Cat Mystery Magazines, and Cemetery Dance. His work has been published in 20 languages and nominated for the Stoker (twice), Edgar, Ignotus and ITW Thriller Awards. In 2018, he co-edited the anthology Flight or Fright with Stephen King. Recent works include the novellas “The Ogilvy Affair” and “The Dead of Winter,” the latter found in Dissonant Harmonies with Brian Keene. To learn more, visit

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