October 22, 2018

Stephen King’s satirical writing advice


In the spirit of Halloween, here are some funny and satirical writing tips from one of the masters of horror, Stephen King. In a video made and produced by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the advice starts out rather sensible and straightforward with King guiding writers to “show don’t tell.” However, his advice quickly evolves to making fun of his own books and writing style itself.

We’re particularly fond of King’s quip:

“To be a writer, you must be reading books constantly. Here are a few suggestions: The Shining, Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Pet Cemetary… you get the idea.”

Yes, we do get the idea.

Get in on all the laughs and watch the entire video below.




Stephanie Valente is the Digital Marketing Manager at Melville House.