Archive for March 1st, 2023

It’s my first serious read about the art of writing.  I’ve  heard about the book in the past from friends  and I’ve been looking for a copy for quite a long time. It was published ten years ago but it was only now that I got hold of it,  a borrowed copy from one of my daughter’s office mates . Who hasn’t  heard of Stephen King? I remember the first two books that I’ve read several years ago, Desperation and The Regulators (under the pen name Richard Bachman. By the time I got hold of Pet Sematary and The Shining, I was afraid to read his books at night.

This is not exactly a book review but just snippets of some paragraphs  which I liked from the book. I thought at first it was  his autobiography, telling the reader about his childhood and how he started as a writer which you can read here. He was already married with two kids when he began on his debut novel, Carrie. It was the same book that launched him as a full-time writer.

He likens the craft of writing as a toolbox – with all the necessary accessible tools. First on the top shelf is vocabulary. And he says, “one of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes. The pet is embarrassed and the person who committed this act of premeditated cuteness should be even more embarrassed.” Next tool is grammar. Bad grammar produces bad sentences. So true, I am not a perfectionist (because no one is perfect) but I cringe every time I read  bad sentence construction. He says further, “one who does grasp the rudiments of grammar finds a comforting simplicity at its heart, where there need be only nouns, the words that name, and verbs, the words that act.” He is funny at times. I was laughing out loud when he said that anyone using the phrases “That’s so cool” or “at this point in time” and “at the end of the day” should be made to stand in one corner and should be sent to bed without supper. Haha! He abhors the use of passive tense and adverbs. On the layer beneath this tool box are  the  three elements of  a story – narration, description, and dialogue .

To sum it  up, he has these to say, “good writing consist of mastering the fundamentals – vocabulary, grammar, the elements of style and then filling the third level of the toolbox with the right instruments.  While it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a greater writer out of a good one, it is possible with lots of hard work, dedication and timely help, to make a good writer out f merely a competent one.”

“Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”

This is a remarkable book from Stephen King. Would love to read it again if I can find a copy of my own.

(Another repost which I wrote back in 2011. That year was when I participated in WordPress’ Post A Day Challenge. Yes, I made it to the last. Years ago, on my usual visit at Booksale, I found a hardbound copy of the book. Of course, I was in seventh heaven).


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 Time drags –

Such endless waiting!

I ask myself when

I’ll ever see you again

Only then will this verse be complete

Only then will I sing my song.

(Reposted from April 01, 2011)

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Yesterday, I went back to The Medical City Clinic to get the results of my lab tests. My internist endorsed me to another doctor, an endocrinologist. Since her clinic was held in the afternoon, I had to register and be counted before I went back home. I was her first patient yesterday afternoon.

She asked me about my medical history including when I had colon cancer. She also asked how long I’ve been diabetic. I told her I’ve only known it when I had my check-up after Alden’s funeral last year and Covid 19 was slowly leaving our shores. She changed my medications and I only have to take the two once a day but I could continue with my previous medicines until maybe after a few days more. I’ll be coming back for another check-up in a month after my lab tests in more than three weeks.

I breathed a sigh of relief that I have these brief days taking that much needed rest. She told me not to rely too much on Google when researching about my illness. It’s DM 2. It is really exhausting going back and forth for consultation almost every week. I still have to see my ENT probably in three weeks after my lab tests. The two nurses at the counter gave me a thumbs-up sign when I left. I told them I am a cancer survivor and one of them said I was so brave.

The doctor suggested that I drink plenty of water and eat fruits. I bought a kilo of grapes and several pieces of apples. These fruits are diabetic-friendly including nuts that I buy once a month. It is hard to choose what food to take every day.

And exercise is the key. A ten to fifteen-minute walk would help.

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