Whether you want to be a writer or not, Stephen King|On Writing is worth the read.
I had to put this book down today only because I am about 30 pages from finishing it and I do not want it to end. I’ve read some good books lately but it’s been awhile since I’ve felt so connected to a book I can’t put it down. The last time I felt this way was probably back in January of last year when I was reading The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Another one to add to your list if you haven’t already had the pleasure.
Back to the book at hand – If you are a writer, musician, painter, chef, avid reader, if you just need a bit of inspiration in your life or want to listen to a good story teller tell you some good stories, do yourself a favor and pick this book up.
This is unlike any book on writing out there. Yes, there are some (hilarious) sections on grammar and how to write good dialogue that might not interest you specifically – however the genius is King’s ideology behind these story telling “tools” that I believe can be easily replaced with whatever is appropriate for you and your life.
For once, King stays away from his obvious pull towards the science fiction, super natural, fantasy genres and writes 285 pages of pure honesty – no frills. no special powers. Just a guy talking about struggle, passion, the love of his life, mistakes, success and what it means to absolutely love what you do so much that no amount of failure can turn you away from it.
I’ve laughed out loud (when was the last time you can say a book made you actually laugh out loud?), I’ve cried and I’ve highlighted the crap out of this book. And I am jealous of you, dear reader – that you get to read this great book for the first time.
A few highlighted moments:
“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.”
“…We are talking about tools and carpentry, about words and style…but as we move along, you’d do well to remember that we are also talking about magic.”
On why writing seminars aren’t necessarily the most helpful: “It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters.”