Over the years, many people have recommended On Writing by Stephen King. Many of them said even if you don’t want to be a writer you will still find this book fascinating. I finally read it. And yes, everyone was right. I loved it.
Also, I found out that King and I have some things in common. Both of us love to read, to write, and to go for long walks. The similarities stop there for the most part, but if all humans were alike, stories would be mundane. I won’t go into all of the advice that he gives. If you would like to know more, I suggest reading the book. I learned three important things from him (I learned more, but these are the big ones). One, writers should write. That one seems obvious right. Writing a lot helps you improve. Two, writers should read. I’ve heard from another writer that she doesn’t advocate this. But I think I will write about that in a different post. I love this piece of advice. I love to read and I learn so much from other writers. I don’t want to mimic other works, but learning from them, in my opinion, is completely different. Three, set goals and don’t stop until you reach your daily goal. I have always set goals, but to be completely honest, I don’t always meet my daily goals. I’ve implemented this last point and guess what folks, I’ve been more productive.
I’m not sure what part I loved the most. The writing tips were fantastic. His childhood memories made me laugh. I’m glad I didn’t have a babysitter who would sit on me and fart. Also, I haven’t read a lot of his novels; however, if he includes scenes with maggots I now know that he is an expert on them. Yuck! His description of getting hit by a van was terrifying and I couldn’t stop reading.
Seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed this entire book. And I recommend it. But now I have a problem. For one of my challenges I decided to read The Illuminatus! Trilogy. I selected it since it was published in 1975. But I saw that ‘Salem’s Lot was also published in 1975. I still want to read the trilogy but I might put it on the back burner and pick up ‘Salem’s Lot instead. Any thoughts on this?
Below you will find some pictures from one of my recent walks through Brompton Cemetery. Including photos from a cemetery seemed fitting for a post about King.