Shawn L. Bird

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Tools for magic June 25, 2013

Filed under: Quotations,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:35 am
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From Stephen King On Writing:

The most basic skills can create things far beyond our expectations.  We are talking …about words and style…but…you’d do well to remember that we are also talking about magic.  (p. 137)


Little scratches,

symbols made to represent sounds,

sounds to represent words,

words to represent ideas. 

It’s magical even

before you add in the narrative. 

Then things become downright


With little scratches

we create worlds,

become divine,

and though it takes

more than six days,

when we are done,

we are satisfied that

it is good.


9 Responses to “Tools for magic”

  1. annedarmawan Says:

    Wow! This is really good…

  2. That Stephen King book is the best I have read on the art of writing – and I ma not even a fan if his. He explains a lot of concepts just perfectly – and an interesting read too. Love the poem 🙂

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      I agree. I don’t read the horror genre, and had therefore never read anything by King. After about the 10th recommendation of On Writing, I gave in and bought it. The book is only 292 pages, and I have dog ears on 40 of them! (I just counted- lol).

      Another much recommended one is Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. I picked that one up to read this summer. I am also waiting for Amazon to deliver The Artist’s Way. (I intend to have a very artsy summer!)

  3. I enjoyed this poem very much. I read King’s book and despite my usual habit of passing books on I kept this one for rereading

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      Thanks. It is a great inspiration full of tips. I show pp. 272-282 to my students, to impress upon them that first drafts are not perfect, and what they should watch for. It’s so graphic. If Stephen King edits this much between first and second draft, then they’d better be doing some serious editing on their work! lol

      Some get it.

  4. Exactly. The magic touch….

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