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Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes

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I need to begin here by confessing that telling you everything you need to know about writing sucesfully in 10 minutes isn't my own advice, but rather the advice from well-known horror writer, Stephen King.

This advice does, however, epitomise my favourite saying about writing, "Don't Get It Right, Get It Written" meaning that you should just get your writing done and don't worry about spelling mistakes, gramatical gaffs, or ringing telephones.

Just stay with your work, stay in your writers' trance and keep writing...no matter what.

Stephen King says it this way:

Never look at a reference book while doing a first draft

You want to write a story? Fine. Put away your dictionary, your encyclopedias, your World Almanac, and your thesaurus. Better yet, throw your thesaurus into the wastebasket. The only things creepier than a thesaurus are those little paperbacks college students too lazy to read the assigned novels buy around exam time.

Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule. You think you might have misspelled a word? O.K., so here is your choice: either look it up in the dictionary, thereby making sure you have it right – and breaking your train of thought and the writer’s trance in the bargain – or just spell it phonetically and correct it later. Why not? Did you think it was going to go somewhere? And if you need to know the largest city in Brazil and you find you don’t have it in your head, why not write in Miami, or Cleveland? You can check it … but later. When you sit down to write, write.

Don’t do anything else except go to the bathroom, and only do that if it absolutely cannot be put off.

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