“On Writing” by Stephen King

"On Writing" by Stephen King

“On Writing” by Stephen King

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.  There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” Stephen King

I’m not a Stephen King fan.  Only read one of his books “Pet Sematary”.  Scared the crap out of me! Thankfully I read it while deployed onboard the aircraft carrier USS America. I was safe there. No zombie pets could eat me.

What possessed me to read another Stephen King book?  Simple.  “On Writing” is NOT fiction.  It is as the sub-title suggests a “memoir of the craft”.  It is King’s story of who he is and how he does what he does.  It is a guide book to being the best writer you can be.

Have you ever had someone attempt to share a thought with you, only to say “I can’t describe it in words”?  If something can’t be described in words, how the heck can it be described?

Stephen King Quote on Intimacy

Stephen King Quote on Intimacy

According to King “Writing is refined thinking”.  When you write something down your thought becomes clear.  And a clear written thought can be shared.  And a shared thought can cause agreement and an action.  Like a real estate add or an article that leads a contract!

Ever read a really goofy real estate ad?  What must the writer have been thinking?

King says that “Writing is mental telepathy. The description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”  That’s what you want from the copy on your website and the ads that you write, isn’t it?

King’s key to being the best writer you can be is to read. Read a lot.  Read constantly.  Read everything that remotely relates to what you intend to write.  And read things that don’t relate. Read real estate ads, Real estate blogs, Websites and books.  Read. Read “Home Inspection Secrets of the Happy Home Inspector. Just read.

And……write!  Habituate yourself to writing daily.  King suggests a scheduled time each day with a specific word count.  For King it’s 2,000 words every day.  He can crank out a novel in 90 days!

What’s the right daily writing regiment for you?  Is it a daily journal entry? Blog post or an article?  Write someone a letter. Is there a book hiding inside you? Only you know what is right for you.

Stephen King Quote

Stephen King Quote

What King knows is that when you write daily, you are writing better today than you wrote yesterday.  Writers write!

Where will you do your writing?  King offers that “The biggest aid to regular production is working in a serene atmosphere. The space can be humble and it really needs only one thing: a door which you are willing to shut. The closed door is your way of telling the world and yourself that you mean business.”

When I write I hunker down in my bunker with a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.  No TV. No email. No cell phone. Every possible distraction eliminated. Noise cancelling headphones over my ears if need be. Want only to hear my thoughts and the patter of my fingers on the keyboard.

Would you like to start writing?  Could you use some help?  Here’s three ways I can help you:

 -Schedule the presentation “Newsletter Marketing in the Digital Age” for your office.

 -Sip morning coffee with me so we can share ideas to get you writing and your writing read.

 -You can be a contributor to my next book “How to Sell Your Home in Less Time, For More Money and Without Making Repairs”.  Your anecdote or interview about your success selling a home after a listing inspection would be a welcome addition to the book.  It’s scheduled for an April release by Someday Publishing!

Since we are discussing writing together, it would be best to contact in writing wally@MrHomeInsepction.com

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