Books are a uniquely portable magic.
I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time and haven’t found the “right moment” to start. Recently I drove to Colorado for a short vacation, and decided to try my very first audiobook, and I thought, what better way to start than with a book by and narrated by the King himself? After finishing this, I should’ve started sooner.
Stephen King has always inspired me, but this book has pushed me all the way up and over the edge. His love for writing, his wife, his children, had my heart tripping over itself. And the fact that his voice was coming through my speakers, it felt like he sat me down to have a heart to heart chat about my aspirations for writing.
Every time he would speak about his family, I swooned. I thought, this is the kind of person I would get along with so well. His love for them shows in his voice and words. The most beautiful part of this is that they work together. They are a team. And his love for his writing never outshines his love for them.
You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.
Lately, I’ve been stuck. I’ve been wanting to write, but feeling like it’s not good enough. No one will care. No one will want to read this story.
And Stephen King pointed out that my problem was in the hopes of people wanting it. Why am I focusing on them? Why? Because when this story formed in my mind, I wanted to write it. I wanted to know these characters and their struggles. I wanted to find out what would happen in the end.
As time went on and people wanted more from me, I lost site of who I was doing this for. No more though.
Thank you, King. Thank you.
So now, I know what needs to be done. I know I need to toss everything aside and start from scratch. I’m taking everyone else’s thoughts and opinions and throwing them in the trash until I finish these stories.
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some writing to get done. And do me a favor? Don’t ask.
Rating: 5 inspirational stars!
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.