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8 Common Writing Mistakes Stephen King Tells Us Not To Make Anymore

8 Common Writing Mistakes Stephen King Tells Us Not To Make Anymore

For a writer who has sold millions of copies including hit titles like Cujo and The Green Mile, it is hard to get it wrong with Stephen King. Stephen King has written more than 50 books and has fans around the world who adores his works. In his memoir he talks about his travails on writing and how he has come to succeed as one.

Yet, his book offers interesting insights for writers to develop their craft and become better writers. Here are eight pieces of advice from Stephen King on what common mistake you should not make with your writing.

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Trying to please everyone but yourself

Truth is that not everyone will love what you write. There are different segments of the society and they all have their opinions on the approach you take to your writing. Yet according to Stephen King, rather than trying to please people or worrying about their opinions, do well to be as truthful as you can to yourself. It is apparently a waste of time trying to please anyone with your writing.

Being overly challenged by what you write

Many writers try to run away from seemingly difficult subjects to write. What they forget to understand is that such issues need digging deep rather than shying away from them. Actually, the most relevant things are the most difficult things to say, so excite yourself in the journey of breaking into the elements of the story as much as you can.

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Connecting with the world while you write

You can’t get the words out right if you are deeply connected to the world while you write. The world with its many items poses a lot of distractions. So try and shut yourself away from it and focus on your writing. Going private with your writing is better than going public with it.

Using long paragraphs and adverbs

When you use your paragraph, let it add flow to your story rather than make it disjointed. Try to also be meticulous with the way you use adverbs. They could be destructive to your phrases or sentences rather than add beauty to them. An adverb after common words like ‘said,’ ‘ran’ and ‘heard’ may not contribute to the beauty of your writing but take from it.

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Using too much description

Your description should not overshadow your story. Let your reader be able to deduce some of these themselves. Descriptions or background information should persuade the reader to want to continue reading rather than to divert them from the purpose of the story. Simplicity and clarity in your description will channel your message to your reader in a direct fashion.

Trying to play it safe

There is no use in trying to play it safe. Let your voice come out actively in a story. This makes the reader understand that you are aware and that you are in charge. There really is no point in sitting in a comfort zone. Do well to face and approach the adventures of writing accordingly.

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Writing only when you are in the mood

There is no mood to writing. You can either love doing it all the time or settle for being average. According to King, the best way to get better as a writer is to “write consistently.” You are not going to be a rock star writer all at once but through little steps you will become a better writer.

Trying to be someone else

Every writer is unique. Some people adore other writers so much that they want to be just like them. You should understand that you are your own voice. Any other thing that comes out of you rather than your own voice will simply be a ‘pale imitation.’

As a writer myself, I totally see that there are underlying relevance to the points made by Stephen King. Do you agree?

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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