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The writer's truth

Stephen King, in the afterword to his excellent new release Full Dark, No Stars, shares a bit of writing advice that really resonates with me this morning:

When it comes to fiction, the writer’s only responsibility is to look for the truth inside his own heart.  It won’t always be the reader’s truth, or the critic’s truth, but as long as it’s the writer’s truth — as long as he or she doesn’t truckle, or hold out his or her hat to Fashion — all is well.

That writer’s truth may be communicated to a reader via p-book or e-book, published by a big NYC house or e-published by the writer herself.  Instead of pondering the distinctions between the self-pubbed vs. trad-pubbed, e-pubbed vs. print-pubbed, one of my goals for this shiny new year is to focus on my truth and just write my heart out.  I’ll figure out the publication and distribution part later.

Wishing you a year full of soulful writing and reading.  Happy new year!


  1. Charlene Teglia says:

    That is good writerly advice.

    • admin says:

      I thought so…we’re in the middle of seismic change in the publishing industry. It’s easy to get swept up in the fear, exultation, and simple ambition. I find that thinking about markets, or format, gets in my head during the creative process. Better to go into story and hang out there…it’s where the magic happens after all.

      Hope all is well!

  2. Valere says:

    Coming in really late here to wish you a happy and successful New Year!!!

    in Germany

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