As writers, we are always on the lookout for such pieces of instruction, motivation, that would make the tedious task of writing simpler. Something that will make us bleed less while ensuring that the results are nothing short of masterpieces of literature. 

But as we all know, such potions or draughts don’t exist, and the human who calls himself a writer has to toil, burning the midnight oil, investing sweat and blood, to be able to achieve something worthwhile. 

While that may not sound really uplifting, here’s a piece of advice from the King of Horror and one of the most successful authors of all time. Stephen King has always believed that the writing journey is never one to be easy or comfortable. It is devilish, and to be able to tame that monster into doing your bidding, you ought to have bit of control and loads of patience. 

Here’s his quote that I find useful on those dry days of writing. They sure help move the writing muscle or shall I say, the pen. And before I know, that ten-headed monster is not devouring me anymore. I find my reason, and gradually push myself to achieve my goal, starting with a word at a time. 

Yes, that’s the mantra – one word at a time. 


What are your thoughts on this observation about writing? Share in the comments below.

Experiencing a writing block? Visit @badbookthief on Instagram for more writing inspiration.

Happy writing till we meet next.

Until then, carpe diem! 🙂


© Asha Seth

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  1. Absolutely agree with this! I think we all want to know ‘the secret’ to writing, when it’s really much more simple than we want to believe – spending time writing the words and building from there. Great post : )

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  2. Absolutely true. Don’t tame the beast and let it express emotions. Writing can be devilish and holding us back. I know, how much we struggled. It’s okay penning just 500 words and let ideas manifest, Asha.

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“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ― James A. Michener

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