Stephen King (Portland, Maine, 21 de septiembre de 1947) escritor superventas gracias a sus novelas de terror, nos da 17 reglas para ser buen escritor.
1. En primer lugar escribir para ti mismo, y luego preocupaté por los lectores.
“When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”
2. No utilizar la voz pasiva.
“Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”
3. Evite adverbios.
“The adverb is not your friend.”
4. Evite los adverbios, sobre todo después de «el dijo» y «ella dijo.»
5. No obsesionarse con la gramática perfecta.
“The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”
6. La magia está en ti.
“I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”
7. Leer, leer, leer.
”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
8. No te preocupes por hacer felices a los demás.
“If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”
9. Apague la televisión.
“TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”
10. Tienes tres meses para el borrador.
“The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”
11. Hay dos secretos para el éxito.
“I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.”
12. Eliminar las distracciones.
“There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”
13. Ten tú propio estilo.
“One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”
14. Haz un descanso.
“You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”
15. La investigación no debe eclipsar la historia.
“Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”
16. Lee y escribe.
“You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”
17. La escritura es el fin para conseguir la feliz.
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”