Writing Tips: Sharpening Your Mental Pencil
“I am approaching the heart of this book with two theses, both simple. The first, is that good writing consists of mastering the fundamentals (vocabulary, grammar, the elements of style) and then filling the third level of your toolbox with the right instruments. The second is that while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one.” -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
I wanted to start with this passage for two simple reasons. One, is that it’s true, and the second is that it’s a great highlighter for the phrase: practice makes perfect. Continue reading