Wednesday, January 12, 2011

On Writing

Stephen King’s On Writing is the best book I’ve ever read about writing, described on its cover as “part memoir, part master class … a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft.” While my husband is the King fan, this King book speaks to my writer’s heart of hearts. In the book, King voices common-sense truths about writing.

One of my favorite quotes from the book: “At its most basic we are only discussing a learned skill, but do we not agree that sometimes the most basic skills can create things far beyond our expectations? We are talking about tools and carpentry, about words and style … but as we move along, you’d do well to remember that we are also talking about magic.”

If you’re a writer, you should read it. If you’re a King fan, you should read it. If you’re neither, you still should read it.

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