Post by guest blogger, NCW member Maggie Goins
It’s Good to Be the King
Have you ever read King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”? I had, probably ten years ago, and was inspired and encouraged by it, somehow braver about exposing my writing to the world. When the NCW book study class of this wonderful writing tool was offered, I signed up, excited to take an in depth look at it after a decade of its sitting on my shelf. Our group consists of Kerrie, myself, and three new, interesting writer friends.
The first thing that surprised me about the book this time around, was how much I had forgotten about him. The basis for his stories could have been taken from his own young life, far from being one of privilege or opportunity. King had to work very hard, like many of us, to get his big break, maybe even harder. He is talented, obviously, but his main advantage was his mother, who always believed and encouraged him, just as his wife, Tabitha, does to this day. We all need this kind of faith in us, and as he says, “They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”
Our first assignment was to read the first 80 pages for our discussion. Honestly, I could have talked and listened for another hour. This week we’ll read 50 pages, still pretty much in the memoir-like section of the book. I’m again inspired by his humility, work ethic and his love of language and can’t wait for our next group discussion.
If you haven’t read this book, promise yourself you will. You’ll certainly learn from this King and find you may need to talk to someone about it, as well.