Posts tagged ‘on writing’

June 3, 2013

King’s Camps of Writers

by limebirdkate

In his book, On Writing, Stephen King says “while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one.”

According to King, we can’t go from good to great—which would tell me that King believes great writers need to have some sort of “thing” that can’t be taught. A gift that was there from day one. Great writers were great as they swooped out of the womb.

And what of King’s premise regarding bad writers? Is there no hope for a 7-year-old girl who has a vivid imagination but struggles to put her ideas into words? Or if a 20-year-old writer hasn’t learned how to properly craft an engaging action scene or stretch of dialogue, then he never will?

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