Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wow, This Book Is Crappy!

I love reading or watching interviews with writers. I particularly enjoy hearing what writers have to say about writing...or getting started in writing. Stephen King wrote a book called, On Writing, that is one of my favorites. It is an honest, funny, sometimes exasperating telling of the long road toward publication for this bestselling author.

Another book, How I Got Published, is a collection of the magic moments and the interesting paths some of the most recognizable authors experienced as young writers.  I recommend both of them.

Something that almost EVERY author says is an indispensible aspect of the writing life?  Reading...voraciously.

You always hear that, but its true. I've met so many writers that say they never read. Never read? What? That's like an artist saying they never look at paintings...uh, no.

I am a wife and mother. I homeschool six kids. I like to watch movies and I have a terrible addiction to Stumble Upon!...don't ask.  But taking time out to read a good book or even a bad one, is important to grow as a writer.

Figuring out first hand what works and what doesn't, as in, "Wow, this story really stinks!" Or..."What in the...how did they do that?"

In closing, I leave you with one of the most inspiring and humorous quotes. It is from Stephen King...



Now Go Write...or, READ!

8 comments:

Laura Marcella said...

It boggles my mind when writers say they don't read! I don't understand how that can be, but apparently it happens. I've been a bookworm since I was born! I don't know what I'd do without reading and books. :)

j.leigh.bailey said...

The only reason that reading is a hindrance to my own writing is that I read so much, I don't write! A benefit of reading a really craptastic book: if they can get published, there's got to be a way for me to get published, 'cause I've got to be better than that!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, I can't believe some writers don't read. How on earth do they intend to learn to write?

Jan Cline said...

So true, but I must admit I used to be one of those half committed writers who didn't read. I discovered I had to start reading as much as I could. Im a much better writer for it.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Yes, Mr. King is right. THE PASSAGE gives all of us hope. If that book, not only got published, but got a movie deal, then there is hope for our scribblings, Roland

Hart Johnson said...

It really is amazing that some writers don't read. I read LESS than before I picked up my notebook and pen 'for good' and decided I would commit to the writing, but I could never give up the reading.

LOVE that King clip. And I think he's spot on--reading AND writing, and then hitting that MOMENT. I am so much more critical of books than I was before I wrote, and it has gotten me into some stink with people like the Twilight fans--but that was the book for me--the first one after my integration as a writer where I thought, 'My god, this is really poorly written!'

eeleenlee said...

ehehhe I love this video clip. I feel that way most of the time.

Clara said...

I Love Stephen King, thanks for this! =)