I would have to say that Mr. King is a very effective "story teller", none the less this wise consul ripped off from his memoir is still super cool.
I’ve learned/been reminded about these seven tips by rereading King´s memoir/how-to-write book On Writing
– highly recommended for many good insights into writing and a writer’s
life – and by a whole bunch of his novels I’ve sacrificed sleep to keep
of these tips can be useful no matter if you are a blogger, writing
reports at work/in school or quietly spending your nights secretly
working on that great novel that will astonish the world.
1. Get to the point.
waste your reader’s time with too much back-story, long intros or
longer anecdotes about your life. Reduce the noise. Reduce the
babbling. In On Writing King gets to his points quickly. Get to your
point quickly too before your reader loses patience and moves on.
2. Write a draft. Then let it rest.
recommends that you crank out a first draft and then put it in your
drawer to let it rest. Now, how long you let your text rest may vary.
King puts his manuscripts away for several months before rereading and
start the editing process.
I often let a post rest for a day or two before I start editing (as I´m sure many other bloggers do from time to time too).
enables you to get out of the mindset you had when you wrote the draft
and get a more detached and clear perspective on the text. It then
becomes easier to edit, add and cut in a sometimes kinda ruthless way.
The result is most often a better text.
3. Cut down your text.
you revisit your text it´s time to kill you darlings and remove all the
superfluous words and sentences. Removing will declutter your text and
often get your message through with more clarity and a bigger emotional
remove too much text though or you may achieve the opposite effects
instead. King got the advice to cut down his texts by 10 percent from
an old rejection-letter and has abided by this advice for decades.
While editing my blog I´ve found that 10 percent seems to be a pretty
good figure not just for mammoth-sized books.
Originally posted on largenegro.vox.com