If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.

September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Friday, July 26, 2019

Advice from Stephen King You Might not Have Heard Before by Warren Bull

Advice from Stephen King You Might not Have Heard Before by Warren Bull

Image from Joseph J Cotton on Upsplash

Of course, Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft should be in every writer’s library. His advice is as practical as it is memorable. For example:

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. When you find something at which you have talent, you do that thing (whatever it is) until your fingers bleed or your eyes pop out of your head.”—On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

But there are other ways to learn about writing from the master storyteller. One of them is to read his fiction and search for the gems about reading and therefore about writing that he scatters throughout. 

“There are books full of great writing that don’t have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story…don’t be like the book-snobs who won’t do that. Read sometimes for the words—the language. Don’t be like the play-it-safers who won’t do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.”—Hearts in Atlantis

Take chances as a writer.

“For readers, one of life’s most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers—not just capable of doing it, but in love with it. Hopelessly. Head over heels.”—Finders Keepers

Write from joy.

“A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.”—Skeleton Crew

Different type of writing requite different skills.

“Come to a book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it, and draw your own map…A book is like a pump. It gives nothing unless first you give to it. ”—Hearts in Atlantis

Give your imagination a chance to lead.

“When a long book succeeds, the writer and reader are not just having an affair; they are married.”—The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Write from love.

“Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Time takes it all, bears it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.”—The Green Mile

Don’t wait for inspiration. The only time to write is now.

“No great thing is created suddenly.”—Doctor Sleep

It takes as long as it takes. Good writing cannot be hurried.

“The most important things are the hardest things to say.”—The Body

Writing is rewriting.

“It ain’t the blows we’re dealt that matter. It’s the ones we survive.” — Rose Madder

A writer writes. Persistence outperforms talent in the long run.

Whose writing have you learned from?


E. B. Davis said...

Great advice, Warren. They were also gems to read. Thank you!

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

like the short story quote.

Bird By Bird keeps me going.

KM Rockwood said...

All great quotes, Warren, and good inspiration.

Larry Chavis said...

Loved these. Thank you, Warren!

Susan Oleksiw said...

Great piece, Warren.

Elizabeth Zelvin said...

This is brilliant, Warren. You're following King's example by finding the advice in the writing rather than in the advice, thus demonstrating that you're reading the writing. And you not only picked gems but translated them perfectly. Well done!

Jacqueline Seewald said...


Wonderful advice for all of us who write.