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Great writing about writing

I picked up Steven King’s book ‘On Writing’ for a few dollars recently. Although I have been reading his novels almost from the first (much to the horror of my year 8 English teacher), I haven’t liked some of the recent ones, and even have some unread ones on my bookshelf.

But this one is fabulous. Elegantly written, witty and insightful. A quote that really resonated with me:

“Write with the door closed; rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out.”

This is interesting from a writing perspective, but also relevant from a design perspective. I suspect that most bad designs go through the first process, but not through the second – the ‘edit’ that makes them suitable for the audience…

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