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Steven King Review #5 Stories

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 Writing Stories


Consist of three parts: Narration, Description, and Dialogue.

Stories are found things, like fossils in the ground. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground, as intact as possible.

The situation comes first; choose a situation over a plot. The characters come next; Then begin the narration.

By the end of the story, if the characters grow a lot, they will have changed the situation and story. The best stories always end up being about the people, but they don’t begin that way.

Chart the character types. Are they changing in the direction of growth or deterioration? In real life, all of us are the main characters, at least to ourselves.

As far as the story or the characters, in the end, the story is the boss, unless you are writing a biography.


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