I was never a Stephen King fan until now. Horror books typically scare the pants off me because my over active imagination conjures up some frightening images. But now, I love Stephen King---well I love his memoir called, "On Writing."
I am not one to deface books, but I am going crazy with this one. I am dog-earring pages, underlining amazing passages and writing in the margins. This book is filled with gold-nuggets for writers.
Over the years I have read many books on writing, but King's book tops the list. He begins by sharing snippets of his life growing up and showing us where his passion for writing emerged. The rest of the book is practical writing advice, woven together with humor, anecdotes and lots of opinion.
This book is a must have for any writers library. Here are a couple of gems on fear and wanting to give up:
..."Stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Something you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes your doing good work when it feels like all your managing is to shovel sh** from a sitting position."
"I'm convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing...Dumbo got airborne with the help of a magic feather; you may feel the urge to grasp a passive verb or one of those nasty adverbs for the same reason. Just remember before you do that Dumbo didn't need the feather, the magic was in him."
Have you read King's memoir? If so what did you think?