People probably describe me as a literature snob. In fact, I know I have had arguments about this often. I usually talk about how much I hate twilight or chick lit and how terrible Stephanie Meyers’ writing is without ever having read more than a few excerpts. Long excerpts, but I haven’t read the entire book, nor the entire series.
However, I have been thinking about my hatred of certain pop fiction and I think I should give one book a chance. And I will let you , the reader, choose the popular fiction book that I read. I’m hoping that I am pleasantly surprised.
I’ve left the poll open to other suggestions so that if some independent romance novelist wants me to review their book, if they get enough friends to come to this blog and vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice. So come on and pick your favorite book, just remember no literature, only fiction, I want James Patterson’s, Nora Jones’, Stephanie Meyers’. I want you to suggest Romance, Werewolf and Vampire teen fiction, Lawyer Thrillers, and Chick Lit mommy dramas. The only caveat is that I have to be able to find the book on Amazon, I really prefer to buy my books there, it’s quick and easy.
And I promise I will base my review on the book, I won’t compare it to Colum McCann or Junot Diaz. I will evaluate it on the strength of the novel, the style that the author is trying to portray, how engaging it is, how much work it required to get me to finish the book, how memorable it is, and how likely I would be to recommend it to someone I like.
I’m not all the way through it yet. A cold and some day trips will do that to you. Also I’ve been reading a lot of other books to review for you. It’s still better than college where I had to read at least 50 pages of dense academic articles every night. Let me first say that On Writing is no where near as dry and weighty as those papers I read in college.
Stephen Kings writing from the first half of the book is great, he is able to easily relate the story of his life and writing advice with much ease. From the first half he has really related a lot of good advice for the aspiring writer. He regales the reader with a story of how he had received advice from his first rejection letter for a story he had written and set to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The advice he received was “Don’t staple manuscripts. Loose pages plus paper-clip equal correct way to submit copy.” He also tells of how he took that first rejection letter wrote the name of the story and put it onto a nail and as the years when by he had tons of stories hung to that nail and eventually replaced it with a spike.
Doesn’t it make you think that if Stephen King got all those rejection letters that anything is possible? I know it makes me more determined to apply to a MFA program mainly because what’s the worse that could happen? And also this makes me determined to start submitting more stories because if award winning Stephen King can get hundreds if not thousands of them, I’m sure I can too.
What was your favorite part of the story so far?
Day 6 of Frights: How to Write Horror Stories
I don’t write much Horror. In fact, until I had decided to do the 31 day’s of Frights I never even tried to write any horror. Most of what I write is obscure stories about Griffins and Mermaids. However, I do like horror movies, television shows, and novels and figured that you would too.
I met Nathan Englander once, he spoke to my creative writing class about how to be a writer. Now, I know he isn’t a horror writer but his advice speaks to any person who ever wanted to take a pen to paper and write. He said to find an author who’s writing you like, and copy their style until you create your own. In Stephen King’s On Writing, he tells the story of the first time he ever wrote anything as a child and how he basically just copied the writing of another until his mother told him to try it himself. I do this, I read a lot of different stories by a lot of different writers about dystopias because I know that eventually it’ll sink into my head how to write a dystopian novel that is all my own. Continue reading