When I was 13 I picked up my first Stephen King book, It. From the very first page I was hooked. I fell in love with his writing, his stories, and because of Mr. King, the horror genre.
Throughout the years I have read hundreds, and hundreds of books, romance, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery. If the story catches my attention I will read it. I’m addicted to the written word.
But no matter what genre I am reading at the moment, I always look at my collection of Stephen King books, and remember that it was because of him I fell in love with reading.
So thank you Stephen King for creating stories that a 13 year old girl found so fascinating that it opened up her eyes to a whole new world. And thank you for creating a book that aspiring writers can read and understand.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.
One rule of the road not directly stated elsewhere in this book: “The editor is always right.” The corollary is that no writer will take all of his or her editor’s advice; for all have sinned and fallen short of editorial perfection. Put another way, to write is human, to edit is divine.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.
Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.