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
The inaugural book of the Write Read Watch book club will be Stephen King’s book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. The book, published in 2000, is part memoir and part writing guide. According to Roger Ebert, “On Writing [has] more useful and observant things to say about the craft than any book since Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.” Personally, Stephen King wrote a large number of the books and movies that I have loved from my childhood years up to my current adulthood. Although many people would put his books in the column of junk food fiction, I really do not care.
It was scary, I had never understood why anyone would be scared of clowns until I saw that evil Pennywise. The Shining is quite possibly the best book about alcoholism and writers block that I have ever read and the best movie to boot. In fact, even had you never learned how to read (I am assuming you can read because this is a heavily text based blog) Stephen King’s stories have filtered in to movies and television shows not including the ones based on his books. It is for this reason that I find it so important to see what he has to say about writing. He writes some great books overall and some great horror in particular.
Therefore, the hard stuff, in about 2 weeks from now, on or about October 11, 2011, I’ll talk about the first half of the book somewhere up to about 144 pages in, I haven’t really read the book and I have the ebook version so it makes it hard for me to see where sections begin and end. The second half will be at the end of the month either the last Tuesday in October or the First Tuesday in November.
Buy the book here: On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
Also, I’m terribly sorry, yesterday was movie Monday and I didn’t write up my review. I am going to post that tomorrow.