• Stephen King's 20 Rules for Writers

    7 days ago - By Open Culture

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    In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic , 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:
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