Here are Stephen King’s top tips for writers. It all starts with the first line. “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this,” King said in an interview in The Atlantic.
I’ve included link to the list here. Some of my favorite ones are:
You need to write the story that you want first and then worry about getting it right. He said, “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”
Turn off your television. It’s a distraction. Your TV can be your reward for when you accomplish your writing goal for the day. Besides, the book is always better than the movie so why have the movie on to be your inspiration while you’re writing. On the flip side, he says, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
King says that a first draft should be written in three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season,” King said. This is where having a good outline will come in handy.
“You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience,” King said. I find this hard to do with the schedule I keep, but it is soooooo worth it. It is like reading your book for the first time. You’ll catch a lot of errors to be fixed and improvements that can be made.
So read through the list and see which ones are gems for you.