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Steven King Review #3 Drafts

This writing is a review of a portion of Stephen King’s book “On Writing, Published in 2000. There are a few definitions taken from other sources as well as comments by the author of this article. Any original ideas are those of Mr. King. Steven King's Website

Notes on Drafts

The first draft:

Action tells us about the actors character; dialogue is sneaky, they can say one thing, but mean another. However, it can still convey their character in other ways they did not intend.

Therefore, it is better to show something, through action of the character, rather than to have him say it. Well-crafted dialogue will tell us if the character is smart or dumb and so forth.


Good fiction begins with a story and progresses to a theme. Don’t try to do it the other way around.

After the book is complete, ask yourself the question, “What is the story about?” “What am I writing about?”

For example, an underlying theme could be:

Pandora’s techno-box – once opened, you can’t close it.

Where is God when terrible things happen?
Good people can be terribly attracted to violence.

Differences between children and adults.

The healing power of the human imagination.

The second draft.

 Decide what the theme or themes of story are, and make changes to insure the reader easily recognizes the theme.

Now, enrich your story with the conclusions about theme.

Focus on making the story unified. Read page 200 in his book.

Writer’s block. The writer comes to a place where he doesn’t know what to write any more. The straightway is lost.

e.g. Maybe too many plot lines or characters; May have to kill them off!

An insightful flash, about a change in events in the story can solve the problems, and open the writing gates again.



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