Writers and Editors

stephen king quoteOkay. As I said, my next read after Stephen King’s On Writing was The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile.

Stephen King is a writer. Noah Lukeman, First Five, is, or was, an editor for a publishing house. Now he wrote this book so he’s a writer too. (He may have works that are more recent.) I have not checked his website.

Here’s my take, a take designed to suggest to reader’s of this blog what I see as the takeaway.

As mentioned in an earlier post, the first half of King’s book is a memoir. The guy had some rough times. Most of the second half is about how he writes. Very disciplined. Very hard-working. Very realistic about what he’s doing. If nothing else I’d first read the second half if you write and want to know how real writers do it.

The blurb on my library copy of First Five reads, “Intelligent and entertaining instruction…it should be read by all novice writers ….
That pretty much sums up the book. I for one cannot believe some of the stuff he says he finds in unsolicited manuscripts, but he’s the editor.

I’d read through it just to pick up some tips about point of view, etc.

One curious point I find in both works is repeated referrals to The Elements of Style. I’m thinking maybe it’s best to go first to the source, the same source these two guys quote. Doncha think?

Approximately 250 words.

Comments welcomed!

About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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