I have been tangled in the web of words for a very long time. I remember being a child and riding my bike to the local library, only needing help getting home because I had checked out so many books.~~
My love of the written word has grown over the years. I recently left my dream job at Barnes & Noble to marry the man of my dreams. I am writing this blog to share with you the books I have read throughout the years. Please feel free to comment and discuss.
You don't have to be a Stephen King fan to know that he is one of the most successful, prolific writers who EVER put pen to paper. His writing has been called everything from genius to horrific and everything in between. It does not take an aspiring author long to figure out that if there is anyone to idolize in the business, it is Stephen King. So of course, I set out to read his memoir on the craft, On Writing.
In his memoir, On Writing, "Uncle Stevie" (as he referred to himself in the Entertainment Weekly columns) tells us the story of how he got into writing and what it took to get his works published. The secret to his success? Perseverance. Even as a young boy, Stephen King was a creative soul who wanted nothing more than to get his stories out to the mass population. He even wrote stories and sold them to his classmates at school. From the days when he taught High School English to when he first sold Carrie Stephen King shares with us the path he took to success and gives advice as to how we can get "there", too.
Advice such as "Read A Lot. Write A Lot" -- that was a paraphrase, but you get the gist. "Uncle Stevie" was basically saying if you want to write, then turn off the television and just do it! Another favorite line from the book was in reference to revising - "Only God get's it right the first time." So true, Uncle Stevie, so true. It was while he was writing this book that he was hit by a car while out for a walk. He shares that story at the end of the book, too.
I went through a Stephen King "kick" a long, long time ago and read several of his books such as It, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. I was far too young to understand ANYTHING about It, (I was around thirteen at the time) and I can vaguely remember the plots of the other two books. I haven't really written anything by Stephen King in the last ten years, unless you count all of the columns he did for Entertainment Weekly a few years back. It was while reading those pop culture columns that I really started to become a fan of "The King". His fair (and generally spot on) observations really reminded me of a favorite Uncle. If so inclined you can read some of his old EW columns here.
Bottom line, On Writing is a wonderfully written book. Full of motivation and inspiration. And I can see why it is such a beloved book for so many people. If you need that extra little motivation or are looking for advice from an author who has been through the trenches, then pick up this book. You won't regret it, I promise.