Whether or not you’re a fan of Stephen King, his beloved text on the craft of writing will probably resonate with you. King’s On Writing is lauded by aspiring and published writers for its pithy commentary on the writing process. Part manual, part memoir, King gives us a glimpse of his own writing rituals and suggest tactics for improving our work and staying focused. Below we’ve pulled a few of our favorite insights from King’s book to give you a quick jolt of inspiration! If you’d like more, we recommend picking up a copy of the full text.
On finding the “right” writing environment…
“In truth, I’ve found that any day’s routine interruptions and distractions don’t much hurt a work in progress and may actually help it in some ways. It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters.”
I believe the first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months…Any longer and — for me, at least — the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel, like a dispatch from the Romanian Department of Public Affairs, or something broadcast on high-band shortwave during a period of severe sunspot activity.
Mostly when I think of pacing, I go back to Elmore Leonard, who explained it so perfectly by saying he just left out the boring parts. This suggest cutting to speed the pace, and that’s what most of us end up having to do (kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings)…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.”
- On writing for you vs. writing for others…
Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right — as right as you can, anyway — it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it.
This was a lovely surprise in my email this morning 🙂 This was at the Ace Hotel. I wanted to go to this 🙂
When you read lists like “the top 25 writers under 25”, and find out that Stephen King published three of his major novels before the age of 30, or see someone who is 27 win the Man Book Prize, it can feel like the time to write the next great novel has already passed. However, there is no real deadline or age limit for when a novel can be published. So be inspired by these eight authors whose major works were all published until they were in their 50s or later.
This hasn’t been released yet, I want one 🙂 When I type on my computer I *do* get distracted.
A modern day twist on the typewriter helps people craft prose without the risk of being distracted by social media and other apps like Facebook, Twitter, checking your email or playing games.
About the Hemingwrite:
“The Hemingwrite is-a single purpose, distraction-free writing composition device. It combines the simplicity of a 90s era word processor with the modern tech we all require like cloud backups and integration into our favorite document editors like Google docs and Evernote.”
- 6+ week projected battery life – Pull a Thoreau and take the Hemingwrite to your off-the-grid cabin in the woods
- 1 million+ page memory – Never worry about having to delete old documents
- Best typing experience with the highest quality mechanical keyboard switches – remember those old keyboards with great tactile feedback? This is like that but better.
- Daylight readable, high contrast screen with backlight for writing indoors, outdoors in the daytime or at night
- Syncs with your favorite cloud apps like Evernote and Google Docs so you can review and edit your documents later
- Beautiful retro-modern design with built-in handle for easy portability
Writing is hard, really hard! For most of us that haven’t written anything since high school, we don’t have the ability to write elegant prose. We need all the help we can get!
The Hemingwrite is designed to aid both the new and established writer by providing a robust writing tool that completely removes all distraction from our daily connected lives. Wifi connectivity has been included to sync to the cloud but without a browser or email client there will be no playing angry birds or checking email. The Hemingwrite is designed for one thing and one thing only: putting words on a page.
Sit down and just write
Interest in writing is at an all time high. The maturation of blogging and the ability to self-publish with greater ease than ever before has put writing on the minds of many non-writers. More and more people are discovering that writing is the outlet they have been looking for but can’t seem to find the way to get words on the page.
The diligent have discovered the myriad of software tools out there to help us write. Tools like Momentum Writer and IAwriter have been downloaded millions of times and are great at removing distraction but they still don’t provide the pure experience of a typewriter.
The Hemingwrite provides the distraction free environment people crave while also giving them a familiar keyboard and a robust digital experience. People don’t have to fuss with ribbons, jammed hammers or spilling coffee on their manuscript anymore. The Hemingwrite will help you put words on a page better than any other tool ever made. And with constant backups to the cloud, you never have to worry about losing your work.
- 6″ E Ink screen
- Die-cast aluminum case
- Instant On
- Ultra low power consumption
- Mechanical keyboard with customizable Cherry MX switches
- Evernote and Google Docs API integration for constant backups
- Wifi and Bluetooth LE
- Approximately 4lbs
- 8″ L x 10″ W x 2.5″ H