Quote of the Day - Stephen King

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  1. Kenna McHugh profile image91
    Kenna McHughposted 6 years ago

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    “Bad writing is more than a matter of shit syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do― to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.”
    ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  2. Dan Dildy profile image62
    Dan Dildyposted 6 years ago

    And we can also accurately put forward the notion that a sexual abuser, bold-faced, dysfunctional liar, marriage cheater,
    treasonous asshole can be elected President of the United States in the 21st century

  3. Kenna McHugh profile image91
    Kenna McHughposted 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh, that is so non-sequitur and has nothing to do with writing.

  4. Janda Raker profile image89
    Janda Rakerposted 6 years ago

    I believe that Stephen King was mostly saying that for fiction writers, but it can apply to non-fiction as well. In fiction, the most interesting characters are good guys/girls with flaws and bad guys/girls with some good qualities. So even when we write non-fiction, perhaps we should include the good and the bad. So in my travel writing, I probably should include some disadvantages or unpleasant attributes to where I'm writing about, no matter what a fabulous place it is. Can't that hold true for almost any topic? Interesting thought by one of the most successful writers alive today!

  5. Janda Raker profile image89
    Janda Rakerposted 6 years ago

    And King's book, "On Writing," is full of great advice for writers!

  6. nikkikhan10 profile image73
    nikkikhan10posted 6 years ago

    Good quote by Stephen King, humans have very complex personalities and any criminal can have a good heart.At the same time, a good person can have bad qualities which arr unbearable sometimes.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image91
      Kenna McHughposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Heroes with flaws make great stories  - e.i. Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Darby, Emma, Rebbeca, Hamlet and so forth. Yes. We can apply this to non-fiction writing or any writing for that matter. The key is to engage the reader. This is done by writing and writing, and writing what the reader wants to read.

  7. Gregory DeVictor profile image95
    Gregory DeVictorposted 6 years ago

    Kenna, was the photo taken in San Francisco? I noticed what might be a Muni streetcar or trolley bus in the background. Those are Muni colors and I think that I see the Muni logo on the side of the vehicle. I’m very curious.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image91
      Kenna McHughposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good catch, yes.

  8. Gregory DeVictor profile image95
    Gregory DeVictorposted 6 years ago

    I wonder what street it is.To me it looks like Market Street around Sutter. Oh yes, that's a photo that I really want to look at for a long time.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image91
      Kenna McHughposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It is definitely Market Street. That photo says a lot.

  9. Gregory DeVictor profile image95
    Gregory DeVictorposted 6 years ago

    It certainly does.

 
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