By Stephen King - On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Paperback – 17 Aug 2001
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I didn't expect it to be so hilarious, honest, open, and encouraging. I feel like I can come back to this any time I'm stuck with my writing or feel bad about any part of the writing process, and it'll lift me up. It's such a wonderful book, friends. I can't believe it's sat on my shelf for a few months before I finally read it!
I'm not entirely sure how to review it beyond that, besides telling you that, if you're a writer, you need to read this. We writers tend to put ourselves under a tremendous amount of pressure and self-doubt. It's so important you see that every writer struggles at some point, even legends like Stephen King. You want the encouragement you get from this. And you will learn something. I've made so many notes I had trouble deciding which quotes to include and which ones to leave. Once I've got a bigger shelf (or just a second shelf would do, actually) I will have a separate space for inspiring books, and this one will be right up there at the front.
He came out with the classic statement that all wealthy people do, that he doesn't do it for the money, this is later in the book, while earlier in it he was clearly glad when the money began to come in, even when it was small amounts to start with.
You've heard this before, listen up.
Also, if you're serious about the business of people, of success or of just life, this is a great book.
King exposes himself in a way he didn't need to do, but the book is by far the stronger and rounder for it. A brave tale of a man who stuck at it, even when it looked like it would be little more than pin money.
The lesson here is that there is much to be said for poverty, King hadn't much of a choice, it was either write or live the life that had gone before.
There is no highly strung artiste here -- just a guy with a story, and we know already, that this guy tells a great story.
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