sábado, 25 de outubro de 2008

On Writing - Stephen King


This is a short book because most books about writing are fulled with bullshit. Fiction writers, present company included, don’t understand very much about what they do—not why it
works when it’s good, not why it doesn’t when it’s bad.
I figured the shorter the book, the less the bullshit.
One notable exception to the bullshit rule is The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White. There is little or no detectable bullshit in that book.
(Of course it’s short; at eighty pages it’s much shorter than this one.)
I’ll tell you right now that every aspiring writer should read The Elements of Style.
Rule 17 in the chapter titled Principles of Composition is “Omit needless words.” I will try to do that here.


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