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February 2, 2005

King on Writing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 9:47 AM

4. Remove every extraneous word

You want to get up on a soapbox and preach? Fine. Get one and try your local park. You want to write for money? Get to the point. And if you remove all the excess garbage and discover you can’t find the point, tear up what you wrote and start all over again . . . or try something new.

Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully: in Ten Minutes by Stephen King.


  1. Way off topic …
    I need some ancient hebrew help!
    Ever heard of a song called Kandisa by Indian Ocean (Indian Band)?
    This is supposed to be an ancient Syrian Catholic Hymn in the language
    of Aramaic. Would you know somebody who can translate this?
    Here’s a snippet of the song lyrics:
    “Kandisa Alahaye Kandisa Esana Aalam Balam Aalam,
    Amenu Aamen, Sliha Mar Yose,
    Almaduba Kudisa,
    Aangen Dhanusa Nehave Dukharana,
    Kandia Alaha Kandisa Esana Kandisa La Ma Yosa Isaraha Malem”

    Comment by jnagal — February 3, 2005 @ 9:13 AM | Reply

    • Re: Way off topic …
      I don’t, but my girlfriend does. She’ll ask on Sunday. Send me the lyrics –

      Comment by mulix — February 4, 2005 @ 12:58 PM | Reply

    • Re: Way off topic …
      I found this translation on the web, by googling for the words you posted.

      Comment by ladypine — February 4, 2005 @ 10:51 PM | Reply

      • Re: Way off topic …
        Thanks Orna!
        Thats a friend of mine, we were all hunting for the
        translation. I found out about his efforts and results last
        night 🙂
        Thanks for looking out.

        Comment by jnagal — February 5, 2005 @ 11:53 AM

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