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Everything You Need to Know

Recently, I stumbled across another blog and a repost of an 1986/1988 article where Stephen King talked about how he learned to write and “everything you need to know about writing successfully—in ten minutes.”

I’m not a King fan per se. I know who he is of course and have read a couple of his books. Shamefully, I’ve watched far more movies based on his books than I’ll probably ever actually read by him.

Still in terms of writing legends, he’s one of the elite. His writing wisdom is usually spot on and basic. In this list of everything you need to know, he cited:

  • be talented
  • be neat
  • be self-critical
  • remove every extraneous word
  • never look at a reference book while doing a first draft
  • know the markets
  • write to entertain
  • ask yourself frequently, “Am I having fun?”
  • how to evaluate criticism
  • observe all rules for proper submission
  • forget having an agent for now
  • if it’s bad, kill it

If you’re interested in King’s take on these topics, you should be able to Google the article. Check back here for my take on King’s “everything you need to know” or EYNK.


About Marsha Blevins, Author

Marsha Blevins lives in West Virginia with her boyfriend and six fur-children. She earned her B.A. in English with a concentration on writing from Marshall University. Two of her short stories and several poems were published in the university’s literary magazine, Et Cetera. She is an active member of the writing group Wicked Wordsmiths of the West and WV Writers. Follow her at on Facebook at, on Twitter @marbleswords.

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