What Writing Is

Paragraphs are almost as important for how they look as what they say; they are maps of intent.

Language does not always have to wear a tie and lace-up shoes. The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story… to make him/her forget, whenever possible, that he/she is reading a story at all. The single-sentence paragraph more closely resembles talk than writing, and that’s good. Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction. If not so, why do so many couples who start the evening at dinner wind up in bed?

–Stephen King, On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft

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3 Comments on “What Writing Is”

  1. mildred garfield Says:

    I just read your post about””What Writing Is” and what do you know, that’s what I do.

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    It was very nice to read Stephen King’s comment about the single sentence paragraph.

    I do that a lot and my readers do comment that when they read me, it is like I am talking to them.

    Wow.

  2. eden Says:

    Also: editors like seeing shorter paragraphs or a nice mix. In my experience on both sides of the submission process, it’ll help your chances of publication.

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