Dear Stephen King: While I admittedly am not a fan of the horror genre and therefore haven’t read your other books and can’t say much about most of your tremendously prolific career, I can say that On Writing:A Memoir of the Craft is my new bible. As per your suggestion, I am going to allow myself more time to read without feeling indulgent. I plan on trying to set a writing routine (or any routine). And, I am getting more comfortable with killing many of my little darlings. Thank you for the inspiration and advice.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King, in all seriousness, is a must on your reading list. It is full of advice for writers, great anecdotes and warnings of potential pitfalls but it is also packed with humor and wonderful dry wit. (I also happened to purchase my battered, well-read copy at one of my favorite bookstores, Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon.)
Just a few of the many memorable quotes from On Writing include:
“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
“The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.”
“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”
It also, of course, helps to have support from the people around you. My greatest fan, my 11-year-old daughter, in something between her desire to extend her screen time beyond the house rules and her general desire to be supportive made me a present this morning of the digital variety (above). It did successfully earn her an extra ten minutes of screen time and started my week off right.