Five Tips from Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”

– With notes from Emily and writer Scott Andrew Selby.

on-writing1) On First and Second Drafts:

Every book is about something.  The first draft, as King describes it, gets that something out of your head.  “Your job in the second draft – one of them anyway – is to make that something even more clear. This may necessitate some big changes and revisions.  The benefits to…your reader will be clearer focus and a more unified story.”

Emily Kramer: Revelation!  I always thought the purpose of the second draft was to make the first draft better.  But since not much happened to me between yesterday and today, I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to write that much better than the day before? “More clear,” is a more achievable goal.

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February Books To Watch Out For, from the New Yorker

NewYorker-logoFor those of you itching to read at the cutting edge, check out the New Yorker’s list of Books to Watch Out For for this month, Feb 2014. Kate’s comments on the books that sparked her interest. Continue reading February Books To Watch Out For, from the New Yorker