Stephen King. I can’t say his name without people remembering instant classics like Carrie, IT, and The Shining. His name has become synonymous with the horror genre, and his unique voice and ability to get under a reader’s skin are uncanny and breathtaking.
So which Stephen King novel am I going to be diving into this week? His memoir: On Writing.
Why am I reading his memoir of the craft of writing instead of one of his iconic novels? I thought about digging into Carrie, which was one of my favorite movies growing up, or reading IT after going to see the reboot in theaters recently. But when it came time to really decide what I was going to read, I was pulled constantly back to the memoir I received as a Christmas present. As the summary of the novel states:
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon 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 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.
From the synopsis alone, it should be clear why this is the book I’m reading this week. Not only as a reader am I picking up this book, but as a writer, I want to get a peek into the mind of someone who has produced years and years’ worth of fantastic stories. Even though I don’t aspire to quite the same levels of fame as Mr. King, I want to be able to tell stories with the same love and care that he does.
I’m excited to read the book and soak up as much of the information as I can. He also has an updated reading list, which will definitely influence some of the space that I have left in my 52 in 52 list. This is a long book that will require dedication and focus, and I’m taking it up with a pen and a highlighter in hand so that I can use this as a guidebook on how to write and edit like a real author.
I’m so thankful for Stephen King and the opportunity to learn more about how and why he does what he does.
Let’s get started, shall we?