Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers


In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews,  he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.” “But there’s one thing” he’s sure about: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” King’s discussion of opening lines is compelling because of his dual focus as an avid reader and a prodigious writer of fiction—he doesn’t lose sight of either perspective:

We’ve talked so much about the reader, but you can’t forget that the opening line is important to the writer, too. To the person who’s actually boots-on-the-ground. Because it’s not just the reader’s way in, it’s the writer’s way in also, and you’ve got to find a doorway that fits us both.

This is excellent advice. As you orient your reader, so you orient yourself, pointing your work in the direction it needs to go. Now King admits that he doesn’t think much about the opening line as he writes, in a first draft, at least. That perfectly crafted and inviting opening sentence is something that emerges in revision, which can be where the bulk of a writer’s work happens.

Revision in the second draft, “one of them, anyway,” may “necessitate some big changes” says King in his 2000 memoir slash writing guide On Writing. And yet, it is an essential process, and one that “hardly ever fails.” Below, we bring you King’s top twenty rules from On Writing. About half of these relate directly to revision. The other half cover the intangibles—attitude, discipline, work habits. A number of these suggestions reliably pop up in every writer’s guide. But quite a few of them were born of Stephen King’s many decades of trial and error and—writes the Barnes & Noble book blog—“over 350 million copies” sold, “like them or loathe them.”

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What does your Acne reveal about your health


Upper Forehead
Affects: Digestive System and Bladder

What to do:

  • Drinking water helps to flush out the toxins in your body, so boost your water intake and have a look at the foods you are eating.
  • Minimize intake of fizzy drinks and high caffeinated drinks. Also look at switching to herbal teas, especially green tea!
  • Consume less chocolate, cakes, lemonade and Coke, drink more mineral water without gas. Eat food that helps eliminate toxins from the body: boiled cabbage, and baked apples.
  • Go to bed early (10pm) and wake up early (6am). Even if you can’t fall asleep. it’s good to relax so your liver can rest and be ready for work the next day
  • 20-30 minutes of light exercise every day, especially outdoors
  • Practice relaxation techniques to worry less
  • Better hygiene (washing hair, hats)
  • Green Tea, lemon water and berries can also help as these are antioxidant rich foods

Lower Forehead
Affects: Heart

Your heart is a massive organ that pumps blood all over your body. If it’s stressed out due to poor diet, inactivity and various mental and physical stresses, then not only are you likely to get pimples on your lower forehead, your entire body will be doomed if you don’t fix the problems. Having a healthy heart means to do regular exercises to strengthen the heart, as well as eat a healthy diet, and keeping stresses low.

What to do:

  • Try to exercise regularly
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water
  • Eat healthy, preferably low cholesterol, high fiber diet
  • Quit smoking

Affects: Kidneys

When kidneys are not taken care of, you’ll find these large, painful pimples on your ears that refuses to leave no matter what.

What to do:

  • Increase water intake
  • Avoiding eating too much salty food, caffeine
  • cleanse your kidneys with diuretics like parsley and water

Eyes, orbital area and between the Eyebrows
Affects: Liver

Oiliness, redness, flakiness and pimples between the eyebrows can indicate that your liver may have been overworking and need a cleansing.

What to do:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables with high content of vitamin C (kiwi, sweet pepper, oranges) will help in providing you with a good mood.
  • Try to avoid eating late at night; especially right before bedtime as your body will not break down the food as effectively, leading to a toxin build up.
  • Cut back on fatty, sugary, greasy and rich foods, alcohol and diary, particularly if you’re lactose intolerant.
  • Some of the best foods to cleanse your liver include garlic, grapefruit, green tea, carrots, beets, leafy green vegetables, lemons and lime.

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If you’re waiting (and waiting) for your super to come fix your faucet that drips (and drips), here’s a trick to silence the problem in the meantime…so you can get some sleep. -ts VIA lifehackercom:

Tie string around the head of your faucet and let it hang down so the end of the string touches the bowl of the sink. The water will cling to the string and not make any sound as it drips down to the drain! 

Fanfiction writing tips from a writing major

I’m studying writing in college/university and I’ve read plenty of fanfiction in my days. These are some of the basics I feel a lot of people brush off and ignore even though they all make a fanfic so much easier to understand and so much more fun to read. Even if you’re convinced your writing is flawless (which let’s be real, no one’s is and I’ll be the first to admit that), please read this because you might be missing something important without realizing it. (PS there are smut tips at the end for smut writers, just click the link)

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anonymous said:

Your art is amazing! Can you give us any tips? I specifically need help with hands and hair, but everything helps.



Let’s going with the very simple thing, detect the root of the hair!


Expand them!



With separated layer, you can fix the hair later on easier without touchy with the other parts of the face.

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College tips for good grades! So cool!

Слова, которые нужно знать, когда едешь в Россию:

Words you should know when coming to Russia:

женщина [zhèn’shina] - woman

девушка [dèvushka] - girl

мужчина [musshìna] - man

молодой человек [maladòj chilavèk] - young man

Мы используем эти слова, когда обращаемся к незнакомым людям на улице или, например, зовём официанта в кафе.

We use these words when addressing strangers in the street or, for example, when calling for a waiter in a cafe.

Примеры. Examples:

Девушка, вы уронили перчатку. - Miss, you’ve dropped your glove.

Молодой человек, можно счёт, пожалуйста. - Sir, can I have a bill please.

Notice that the translation in English is not accurate here, there is no accurate translation for девушка, мужчина etc. in English for these expressions, but their meanings here are Miss and Sir. “Miss” is actually translated to Russian as “Госпожа” and Sir, Mr as “Господин”.

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