I am halfway through a full-read of Stephen King’s “On Writing.” Been wanting to read it in full for a long time; I had heard it’s an honest look at the way writers are born and how some of them grow up. I’d also heard it’s a bit irreverent at times. Both are true.
But King’s transparency is one of his strong suits. He knows what we all fear, down to the silliest thing. And he’s never been afraid to exploit that knowledge in ways few have matched.
He also knows what it’s like to be driven to write, to be restless until your ideas find paper and he especially knows what it’s like to wonder if you actually have any talent at all. He knows that little voice that says, “You’re just fooling yourself and no one else.”
It has surprised me, though it probably shouldn’t have, that King started out poor and unpublished just like the rest of us. He crumpled the beginning pages of what would be his first bestseller and tossed them into the trash. His wife was the one who pulled the pages out, smoothed the wrinkles and told him she thought he had something there. He needed affirmation, just like me.
I may not share much with the legendary horror writer, but it’s nice know there is this common thread, albeit a thin one:we both needed someone we loved and trusted to tell us we had something to offer no one else could in just that way.
Before I head out (until Friday) here’s a look-see at a new release my friend Lyn Cote is celebrating. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, you’ll want to check this out (I love the cover on this one!):
Lyn Cote’s first historical series, BLESSED ASSURANCE, is reissued, revised and revamped – all three in one book. Three generations of women struggle to find true love in these three historical dramas. In Whisper of Love, Civil War widow Jessie Wagstaff must fend for herself and her own son against the Great Chicago Fire. In Lost in His Love, San Francisco heriess Cecelia Jackson meets social activist Linc Wagstaff who opens her eyes to her role of the abuse of the helpless as they face the Great 1906 Earthquake. And in Echoes of Mercy, Meg Wagstaff, just back from volunteering in WWI, must now face the challenge of the racial barriers of the 1920’s New Orleans in order to prove her childhood friend did not commit murder.