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Sep 1, 2023Liked by Matthew Moran

Lots of good craft books out there. Everyone seems to have their fave “Top 5” lists these days :-)

I read King’s “On Writing” when it first came out. I’m not a fan of his stories, but I am a fan of his writing. He knows how to write. My Dad was a huge fan, so I bought us both a copy... It holds a special place in my heart because it was the first time the writerly curtains had been pulled back for me. So revealing! Maybe there had already been others doing that, but their books hadn’t crossed my awareness at that point.

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When I was re-entering writing, pre my first book, my first wife bought the book for me. I'd been a fan of his work for years. The book snapped something in my head - mostly the dedication to a schedule over inspiration. It is what led me to complete my first book.

And, it is a catalyst for my current writing resurgence. Whether that is a positive or a negative is for the reader to decide.

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Sep 1, 2023Liked by Matthew Moran

Right--gotta sit your butt in the chair consistently, show up every day :-)

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Interesting article. Thank you. I don't read Stephen King; it's just not my thing, but REALLY not my thing. Nevertheless, I did enjoy 'On Writing.' However, he's made such a fool of himself on Twitter over the last year or so that I can no longer bring myself to recommend 'On Writing' to people.

These days, when anyone asks me for advice (which, somewhat reassuringly, they do), I suggest the following:

1 - Live life, don't hide.

2 - Read.

3 - Write, don't hide.

Then I crawl back into my hole and hope they'll go away.

Best wishes.

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While we likely disagree on King and Twitter, On Writing is an effective read. Also, I appreciate you taking the time to read my piece and stopping long enough to comment.

Regarding hoping people go away. I have this dichotomy where I LOVE being on stage - performing or speaking. Love the the energy and feedback loop. But, unless there is a compelling reason - Seeing Shawn Mullins or Joe Pug perform - I far prefer solitude than being around people.

Writing software or word or music - allows me to create in solitude.

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Thanks for the tips! I'm giving myself a pat on the back for writing everyday!

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And well you should. I'm impressed. I see your pieces come through daily... and I read them. I don't always comment because I feel as though I'm hogging the comment space.

You have a few more days to go. Get at it! ;-)

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Aug 24, 2023Liked by Matthew Moran

Nothing to add! I'll share this with my few struggling writers :-)

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