It’s no question that Stephen King is one of the most amazing and prolific writers of our time, and this book is a must read for anyone who aspires to do the same in their own life. Part memoir and part writing instruction, this book tells the story of how King got his start writing for small magazines and amassing rejection slips before finally selling his first novel and feeling like the richest man in all the world, despite the small advance. It’s interesting to see how King’s love for film and the written word merged to produce a bestselling author.
King has his rules and his demands in his own writing, but he never forces those prescriptions on the reader. He’s simply telling what works for him and answering all of those nagging questions that he gets when he makes appearances. Among one of the gems of writing advice I gleaned from King is “you must never come lightly to the blank page.” King is nothing if not dead serious about his writing, and that passion spills out on every page. He demands that writing be important and asks for nothing less than your full commitment in making the time for it.
I loved how open and honest this book was and am both intrigued and inspired by King’s path to success. If you’re a writer, this book is a must read.