On Writing by Stephen King
I’ve seen this book quoted like the Bible. Being Stephen King’s thoughts on his writing journey, and considering myself a lifelong fan, I had to add this to my library. However, over the year-something I’ve owned this book, I’ve never read it cover-to-cover. And I call myself a fan…
Another confession: I almost never read book Forwards.
I read this one (there are actually three) and wanted to slap myself for contemplating skipping over the wealth of knowledge shared in those few pages. I’ve already learned so much.
I’m only a couple chapters in, but I know this volume will end up looking like a unicorn threw up on it. I’m already marking this bad boy up. Simply the way he describes his childhood has me awestruck: “Mine is a fogged-out landscape from which occasional memories appear like isolated trees … the kind that look as if they might like to grab and eat you.”
I haven’t read much of his recent stuff, but lines like this remind me why I used to live in his books of short stories for days on end, hardly surfacing for sustenance.
Do yourself a favor, get this book.