From Stephen King’s ON WRITING:
“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair — the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed… . You can come to it…because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.
“I am convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing… . Good writing is often about letting go of fear and affectation. Affectation itself, beginning with the need to define some sorts of writing as ‘good’ and others sorts as ‘bad,” is fearful behavior. Good writing is also about making good choices when it comes to picking the tools [words] you plan to work with.”
“Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life.”
“The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing… Constant reading will pull you into a place where you can write eagerly and without self-consciousness. It also offers you a constantly growing knowledge of what has been done and what hasn’t, what is trite and what is fresh, what works and what just lies there dying (or dead) on the page. The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.”
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
“The scariest moment is always just before you start [to write]. After that, things can only get better.”