I ordered this book on Boxing Day, because I had a long list of books that I wanted… but also wanted to get some good deals on as I couldn’t find them in any of the Second Hand Shops. I picked it up on New Years Day, because it lines up with My Happiness Project writing goals. I had heard about it on Anne Bogel’s podcast, WSIRN, and her book picks always a winner with me… so I bought it!!
Well, it didn’t disappoint. Even though this book may sound for someone who wants/does write, it’s not at all. If you are a reader, I can see you getting a BIG takeaway from a book like this. The first half is a short history of Stephen King’s childhood, and writing career. It ranges from really interesting stories from writing for the school paper, overcoming alcoholism, to his greatest love of his life. I’ve heard before the King adores his wife, but reading a book with their relationship as a centre you really see the depth of his love and appreciation. I’m going to share with you paragraph that I thought was beautiful…
Tabby never voiced a single doubt, however. Her support was a constant, one of the few good things I could take as a given. And whenever I see a first novel dedicated to a wife (or a husband), I smile and think. There’s someone who knows. Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.
The second half of this book is really about the craft of writing. I felt like I ripped through the first half as it was entertaining, and superbly interesting. The second half I also really enjoyed, but holy smokes, did I learn stuff. It was incredible to read about his creative process, and the work that the man puts in. Obviously if you like to write you would learn a great deal here, but it was also a great insight to how to read a novel. It allows a reader to take the time to analyze, and appreciate the small little hints that a writer places throughout a novel.
Okay, so enough of me gushing about this book. First off, I’ve mentioned in my IT review that Stephen King loves music. This is even more evident in this novel… but he also loves to read. And at the end of this book he includes 2 reading lists!! Just concluding that this is every book lover’s dream book.
If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.
So friends, now I’m feeling extra inspired… wanting to write more, read more, and promptly phone my Dad and ask him for a bunch of his Stephen King books. Which I’m sure he will agree too, because my Dad is pretty much the best guy ever.
Until next time, happy reading!