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Stephen King's Toolbox
Transcript of Stephen King's Toolbox
Every person's toolbox differs depending on own experiences and personal preferences.
Bring your toolbox for every project
If your tools get rusty, clean them off (metaphorically.)
Build muscle to carry your toolbox
(Training yourself to remember everything in your toolbox)
Elements of Style Toolbox essentials Grammar Stephen believes that good writers need to understand the fundamentals of writing.
Basic grammar and spelling should be a priority.
Adverbs should be used as little as possible.
Passive Voice should be looked down upon as well. Vocabulary Vocabulary should be used appropriately.
Only use a word when you feel like that word is essential to the piece you are working on- never try to dress up your vocabulary Elements Of Style Everything that makes your prose unique; structure, voice, etc
This is the part of the toolbox that you can make your own.
You need to take every fundamental skill you know and blend it together to make unique. -If they’re used properly, sentence fragments can help adjust the pace of your writing, create better images, convey tension, and make things more varied and flexible in general What is King's Toolbox •Be comfortable with your current vocabulary; it will improve by itself naturally as you read and write. Great writers use words that they’re familiar with, and these can range from the near- incomprehensible to the commonplace. -“The leathery, undeteriorative, and almost indestructible quality was an inherent attribute of the thing’s form of organization, and pertained to some paleogean cycle of invertebrate evolution utterly beyond our powers of speculation..” –H.P Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness
-“He came to the river. The river was there.” – Ernest Hemingway, “Big Two- Hearted River” •Try to avoid using the passive tense. It’s typically a crutch that timid and inexperienced writers tend to rely on to sound more informed or proper -for example, replace “the meeting will be held at seven” with “the meeting’s at seven” •Also avoid using adverbs when you can. The context your writing provides should tell enough about how something happened. Adding in adverbs makes it seem redundant, and can also give the impression that you know your writing isn’t strong enough on its own. -You shouldn’t have to write “he closed the door firmly”. The situation that preceded the character’s closing the door should tell you enough about how he closed it -the same rules apply to dialogue attribution. Try to avoid phrases like “he gasped” or “she blurted”. If you made the situation clear, “he said” or “she said” should be sufficient The End