On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King 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.) I really can’t say enough good things about this book.
The advice that King gives is invaluable. That being said, I’ll likely ignore most of it and then regret it.
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.”