This book was very interesting. He is writing to you like you‘re an author and damn do I not feel like one now! I never ever thought about writing my own book until I read this one. The biggest advice I got from it is to write what you know and to be honest. No matter what others tell you. I also love his book list at the end. ❤️❤️
I always get to finish books while on vacation with my man, he sleeps in so late! 😉
I used to write LOTS and these are some of my old notebooks (I‘m going through boxes of my old junk trying to find homes for everything). It‘s been many years since I had a regular writing practice beyond updating my blog, and I really miss it.
Has anyone else out there quit writing and come back to it? How did you do it?
Constant writers may some day have a chance to retreat to Stephen and Tabitha King‘s home.
Stephen King is turning his Bangor mansion into a writer‘s retreat. How cool is that? (Even though I‘m not sure I‘d be able to sleep there...😬)
Although I‘m awaiting my library loan of The Institute, this is the only Stephen King book I‘ve actually read. Yesterday, I was so excited to thrift a copy for my 5-star shelf of favorite books. I read this book 2 years ago - I‘m not a writer, but it absolutely changed the way I read.
Is anyone else planning on doing #NaNoWriMo 2019? I‘m actually going to try to prep this year. And I‘m rereading some of my books on writing, including the tagged.
I‘m wanderinglynn on there too if anyone wants to add me as a buddy.
This is the first book I picked in my self-directed writing course syllabus. A longtime blogger and writer, with one self-published book to my credit, I‘d like to “get serious” about my craft. King makes me want to keep writing, and also gave me the smack down on adverb use. I loved both his memoir section, and the writing advice. My copy is covered in notes!
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I've wanted to read this for ages, and just found it in the cottage we are staying in. But we're leaving tomorrow! Can I finish it by then? 😬
A little down time is in order, finally, as this first week of school draws to a close.
Okay. I'm ready to try Stephen King.
I'm 47 and I've never read SK because I've always been a scardey-cat and I've always thought of him as the ultimate horror author. Then I learned that I'd watched movie adaptations that I didn't know were his (Shawshank, Green Mile, Stand By Me). I saw Carrie the Musical and it was excellent, so I actually watched Carrie & Christine last year (through fingers, sometimes) and "enjoyed" them. (cont in comments)
Another day off. Another afternoon with a book. I already like this considerably more than the last one. Can‘t go wrong with Mr. King. This copy was a gift from the lovely @britt_brooke for the #nonfictionswap. Fiiiinally putting it at the top of my pile! #writersread #readerswrite #memoir #writingcraft
I loved most of it but disliked some of it. I must admit, I chose to read this for the memoir part, not the on writing part (which is only about 100 pages). When I first started the on writing section I really disliked it, but I after a few chapters I started to really enjoy it. It was I teresting to read what his writing process is and what he recommends for beginning writers. In the end I loved this book and and it made me want to write more.
Yesterday I hiked 5 miles and felt like I could have done 5 more. Today I could barely make it on my two mile neighborhood loop. Blame the humidity I guess.
I am loving my re-read of On Writing and feeling sad that it‘s almost over. I also spent some time audiocooking yesterday so I‘ll have plenty of healthy bone strengthening foods on hand for the week.
Tough start to the week. I‘m not sure I‘ll make my goal this week, and I can‘t get into any of my audiobooks. After a long day at work it felt good to pick some fresh fruits and veggies from the garden, and walk a mile with the kiddos. And I started listening to On Writing again which is one of my very favorite audiobooks. Here‘s to a strong finish for #BFCr3 week one.
One of my all time favorite reads for writers. The 'King' of horror and arguably one if the most prolific and best selling writers of the 21st century talks about the craft in an engaging, informative, and somewhat autobiographical way. I don't agree with all his advice, but who can argue with results? Conversational and entertaining, it's a must have for beginning writers. (And maybe not so beginning writers) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A week of swaps and my heart is full! Loving these books and cannot wait to read them all! Thank you to Heather for the books the amazing packaging, so beautiful! You‘re so talented! That bookmark is amazing, I want to bring it with me to all of my reading excursions and put it on the table 😂😂 thank you for hosting, @BookishMarginalia
A memoir of the craft. Stephen King writes about his own life and his craft, showing us along the way how to implement his own methods for creativity, planning, and organization. He shows us that even with a family and a day job, a writer can find the time to write if they make it a priority. Somehow, it still feels like reading a story. One of my favorite books on the craft.
#30JuneBooks - Old Favorite: Stephen King is an old favorite author of mine. There was a time when it was just me and him. He was my author. I was his reader. His books were the only books that I really wanted to read. I was reading other stories, but it was always him. His stories were incredible, amazing, weird and strange. His imagination was out there. I couldn‘t get enough...yeah, for a long time he was my favorite! 👇🏽
Being a little worried, I hesitated to read this one. Kept putting it off because I was afraid it would make writing seem to daunting to master. But now, having read almost half of it, I feel more inspired than ever to grow as a writer :) I just hope the feeling lasts.
In 2012, my (Jen‘s) student book club president proposed a field trip to the #nationalbookfestival on the DC mall to see John Green speak. That was my first time (as far as I remember) seeing an author speak in person. I took a small, enthusiastic group that year. Those students loved books and authors and were willing to wait in line as long as it took (three hours!!) to shake their favorites‘ hands. (continued in comments)
"Good writing is often about letting go of fear and affectation. Affectation itself, beginning with the need to define some sorts of writing as "good" and other sorts as "bad," is fearful behavior. Good writing is also about making good choices when it comes to picking the tools you plan to work with."
I love this quote! As a writer it gives me a sense of understanding that there really is no such thing as bad writing.
The advice to "kill your darlings" has been attributed to various authors across the various galaxies... and Mister Heist hated them all. Why teach young writers to edit out whatever it is they feel most passionate about?
Better to kill everything in their writing they DON'T love as much.
Until only the darlings remain. — Brian K. Vaughan, Saga, Vol. 3
I have listened to the audio book version of this so many times since it came out and yet every time I listen I retain something different. This is solid gold for an aspiring writer. Part memoir, part writing book, it can be enjoyed for it's information on the craft or for those that want to know how Stephen King became a writer.
1. I hate Stephen King. At least his fiction—I really liked On Writing, but I gave his novels two solid tries and can‘t do it.
2. Salty snack, then a sweet dessert! 😋
3. Jerrie (Gertrude) and Woody (Elwood); Mona and Herbert (originally Rachmiel)
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas has been my favorite for a long time.
5. Philly, always!