The Real Truth on the Craft: “On Writing” by Stephen King

“On Writing” was my first read on Stephen King. I put three other books aside to blaze through it in a week. It was that good.

In a way, it’s similar to my first read by the fabulous Michael Crichton. I read “Travels”, Crichton’s brilliant memoirs, first then went on to reading several of his books and falling in love with his writing and himself as an author and personality.

And I think that’s important. If you want to learn from them, then you must at least like the people whose work inspire you, and Stephen King was easy to like. In fact, he was easy to freaking adore when it came to his pure raw honesty on what the craft of writing is all about. This post is my review of why “On Writing” is every bit as useful, resourceful, inspiring, and important to read as its claim to fame.

What I didn’t like about the book was over in the first 50 pages, and perhaps it is not an entirely fair thing to dislike after all. King tells us about his childhood, the poverty, the misery of making ends meet, the babysitters, the doctors, and the awful things that those very doctors do to him out of ignorance.

I was hoping to learn about writing and not about his longest hours stretched out on his bed as a young boy from various bouts with infections, but that was part of the story King chose to tell and well, I chose to read it because we can never escape the fact that to some extent, our childhood completes our story. That or we can never escape the desire to tell it to the world at every chance, and since I am guilty of the same, how can I possibly begrudge the King of fiction for it?

“I think we had a lot of happiness in those days but we were scared a lot too”

Even though poverty continues to loom large in King’s early adult years, his life brightens up a lot after he finds and marries the love of his life, Tabitha. I especially love that he attributes his success to the two conditions in his life – both of which he created – his long lasting and stable marriage and staying physically healthy (well, until the terrible van accident in 1999). Plus the fact that Tabitha was a constant pillar of support, and his Ideal Reader for everything he ever published, the first person to read his work after he “opened the door” to the world, and the only person whose opinion he would take terribly seriously. I don’t know about you but I find that awfully sweet! Who is your Ideal Reader?

“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 poverty, though, that was hard to read, harder still to believe and understand. My family suffered from a close brush to poverty after we immigrated from Iran and lost just about everything and I hated every minute of those difficulties, as it seems, so did King. There’s nothing glorious about being poor, and yet, it shapes us in a way that we end up being grateful for it.

It was heart-breaking to read how much King suffered from not having enough to make ends meet, and yet how hard he persisted on writing. “Where’s the magic”, one Amazon book reviewer was fussing about, and she missed it all apparently! The magic, dear reader, is in living through hell and yet never giving up on what you yearn to do. Everything else is detail.

“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”

One thing I love about King is his pure raw honesty, his telling it as it is not to be harsh or to show off, far from it because a truly wise person knows how to be humble and still a teacher. I never for a moment felt that King believed himself to be in anyway superior to me the reader.

He connected with me on every level that matters to me as a reader. He told it as it was. He was funny and entertaining. He would call BS and swear when it fit the bill. He wrote in a clear language. He was encouraging and inspiring. He did not make you feel excluded from the game. And he made this book on writing a page-turner from start to finish.

When he’s had a chance to empty his childhood stories, we get into the craft of writing, and we learn that we need toolboxes just like a carpenter in order to do the job well. King talks about his vehemence for adverbs and the passive tense, his love of simplicity and clarity, his need for discipline and practice. He talks about fear being at the root of bad writing, fear of being rejected, ridiculed or resented by the readers.

King talks about the poor schmucks who go on copying the best-selling authors in style and how they come off as complete fakes, and he talks about the authors who rise to fortune and fame much to the surprise of the publishing world, and why that happens.

I absolutely loved every bit of these stories, and you know how I felt as I read these sections? I felt not half as well-read as I had hoped. Every paragraph, he references a half dozen books that he has read in order to share examples, and it brings me to one of the most critical points on becoming a good writer. King swears by it and so do I, even if I do it in a fraction of his volume. I was excited when he said he is a slow reader until he added that he gets through about 80 books a year!!! Some slow reader ;)!

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all other: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these 2 things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”

If you don’t have time to read, King says, then you don’t have time to write, and it’s the simple and sharp advice that must get on some people’s nerves because they want the shortcuts, they want the path to fame and fortune on a super highway without any stops or long stretches of toiling away. On the contrary, the arrangement that Stephen King proposes is just fine by me. I grew up learning that hard work is the way to success – we won’t mention the decade where I was focused on the wrong hard work but hard work itself pays off in abundance!

The problem with wanting fast results is more fundamental than just lack of patience. King tells us that if you love it, you enjoy the process of creation, and you get lost in the work. You are happy, even ecstatic as a creator so much so that not working becomes real hard work because you cannot stay away from your craft. And if you realize that the joy is just not there, then you learn to move on to something else. Perhaps writing is not for you after all. How much more clarity could we ask for from the maestro himself? Thank you for spelling it out, Mr. King!

“You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself. These lessons almost always occur with the study door closed.”

His response on “how you write” from a radio show interview is so simple that it leaves the interviewer speechless: “One word at a time”, King says. In the end, it’s always that simple, he tells us and you need to mean business when you are alone with the door closed to the world. He puts a lot of emphasis on the concept of writing first with the door closed – just you and yourself and your unedited thoughts refined (partially anyway) into writing – and then with the door open, when you start letting people in starting with your Ideal Reader and then moving to a larger circle until you are fully exposed.

So next time you feel compelled to show the first 50 pages of your soon-to-be-best-seller novel to a close friend, remember, are you ready to share it yet or are you at a critical place where you need to finish the writing part before seeking outside opinion? And what – if anything – will you be doing with that outside opinion on your precious baby? For this and more, you just have to read the book, I simply cannot do it justice.

“Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want. Anything at all …. as long as you tell the truth.”

I enjoyed many parts of these book but the part where King tells us to tell the truth in our writing, now that gave me chills. The truth would be a good idea indeed. Every Single Time! Of course, you may wonder how to tell the truth when you are writing fiction, and he tells us it’s about being truthful to what you want to write about. Find the “truth inside the story’s web of lies” but don’t go hunting for the genre that will make money and write about that.

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination but it should finish in the reader’s.”

Then he delves deep into the aspects of writing – the narrative, the dialogue, the description, the 3 components and building blocks of fiction. He shares examples, inspiration, and calls out the stuff that is flat out wrong, the stuff that gets you those pink rejection slips, although these days, we probably would get an email or something. And don’t ever forget to fall so in love with your own writing to forget to “tell the God damn story” especially if you hope for Stephen King to ever read your work.

“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair—the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.”

Yeah, these are the sections that deserve a full read; first hand experience, baby! Grab a copy and start reading. They will make you fall in love with writing, and yet realize more than ever before that it is not an easy profession by any stretch of imagination, and you will respect your beloved authors even more passionately as a result.

“You can’t please all of the readers all of the time; you can’t even please some of the readers all of the time, but you really oughta try to please at least some of the readers some of the time.” King attributes this line to Shakespeare.

So be open to criticism, AFTER you open the door and share your work with the world. This proves that you have been telling the truth, and that you haven’t compromised just to please a publisher or what you think would make the best seller list. It’s not about the money and never has been for King. That doesn’t surprise us. We hear that all the time from the wildly successful people, even if a part of us continues to wonder about that.

No matter what, if you remove the pressure to write a best-seller and just write your very best, then you will please some of the readers some of the time so much so that your work will rise to the surface and speak for itself.

“Do you need someone to make you a paper badge with the word WRITER on it before you can believe you are one? God I hope not.”

You are a writer when you say you are one. I read this on Jeff Goins’s blog a while ago and it stuck with me, and when I read this line in Stephen King’s book, it came up again. The truth is that we do not need permission to become a writer. I would have no business writing if that were the case. English is my 3rd language, and I never took a writing class. Math, science, engineering, and computer networking classes, in abundance, but a class on writing? Are you kidding? In an Iranian culture, that would be the path to loser town!

“Do you do it for the money, honey?” The answer is no. Don’t now and never did….I have written because it fulfilled me.”

That must be my most favorite line in all of this book and I ran through a fresh highlighter so believe me, I had tons of favorites. In the last section of this book, King takes us to the summer of 1999 and describes his accident in full detail. That, I wanted to read. I wanted to know his every pain and suffering, especially because the accident happened during the writing of this very book. All I can say is how very fortunate for all of us that he lived through the accident, to tell the story and to keep writing.

“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes, it can be a way back to life.”

In November of 2010, I wrote my own Writing Manifesto, the engineer-turned-writer perspective! Check it out only AFTER you have finished reading “On Writing”, the real masterpiece on the craft!

I must say that Jon Morrow’s post inspired me to pick up this book. His review covers a different angle on the book. Jen Gresham wrote about yet another angle – mainly hammering on the fact that we should not wait to write.

Now it’s over to you, dear reader – or as Stephen King says, Constant Reader! What did you take away from this book review? What are your thoughts on the craft of writing? Tell us in the comments!

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  • http://www.midwaymarketplace.com/blog7 Maxwell Ivey

    Hi Farnoosh; An excellent book review. I can easily hear your honest love of the book and its author as well as your natural passion for writing coming through. I’ve read many of King’s short stories, and one of the things I remember the most was at the end of nightmares and dreamscapes. He said that when he was young, his parents took him to the ripley’s believe it or not museum. From that he took back that there really were monsters in the closet and under the bed. I also love his wife’s books and wish the library for the blind would record more of them. I also enjoyed robert james waller’s short stories. Before i started the website i used to read between 75 and 100 books a year, but now days I’m lucky to get through 35 or 40 in a year. and my one voice is a lady named pattie from arkansas. She was one of the first people to tell me i was on the right track with the website and encouraged me often. She is still a great cheerleader as well as a voice of reason when i need one. When i first met her, I didn’t have a website yet and didn’t know if or when i ever would. she posted my equipment on her website which was built to sell her custom jewelry. We couldn’t have been more different in product offerings if we had tried. smile I trust her even more than my immediate family. I know she is always listening and thinking about what’s best for me. And it doesn’t hurt that she never tires of hearing about the website, the blog, new listings, potential leads, etc. thanks again for another great post and take care, max

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Max, thanks for sharing your thoughts – I have got to read something else by King – his fiction namely :)! I am not big on short stories so it may have to be a novel and I am definitely not big on horror novels so not sure what my options are ;))!! His wife is indeed supposed to be a very good poet. I am sure you can find someone in your circle of friends who is willing to record her poetry for your to listen to? It’s wonderful to hear you have so much support in your work and life. And I am glad we share the love of Stephen King :)!

      • http://www.midwaymarketplace.com/blog7 Maxwell Ivey

        hi farnoosh; king is a master story teller, and its not a surprise that we both love him. if you want a novel that is not horror, then try dragons eyes. He wrote it for his daughter. Its an old fashioned story with a castle, monarchs, an evil wizard, and lots of heroes male and female. I suspect it may be what started him on the dark tower series which in my opinion is every bit as good as tolking’s lord of the rings even if he hasn’t yet figured out how to end it. and by the way I can now count farnoosh, and lisa, and armen, and who knows who else I’ll meet here to my circle of friends and support. i hope i do my part to help others here too. take care, max

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Thank you for that suggestion, Max. OK I think that might work. Do you know that I am just 100 pages short of finishing the brilliant Lord of the Rings? I have got to pick it back up again! :) Keep me honest, OK? Talk soon, Max!!! Yes, you are among friends here. Count on it.

          • http://www.midwaymarketplace.com/blog7 Maxwell Ivey

            hi farnoosh; didn’t know you were reading it. just my opinion of the dark tower series. King has written six books in the series so far. we are all eagerly awaiting the final installment that is if he ever writes it. in the forth book he credited tabitha with helping him handle the romance between a couple of the main characters. he said in the preface that he would have never been able to get it right without her help. by the way what do you think about the story of the three boxes of paper? what I’m referring to is that an anonymous benefactor donated three boxes of paper to his university. They were colored paper. He claimed that he wrote his first novel on his, tabitha wrote her first group of poems on hers and another fellow named scott lions i think wrote his first major work on his. don’t remember what field he was in. the implication was that there was some kind of magic attached to them. could have happened, or could have just been a good story from a master. growing up with my father, who came from a family where a good story was valued, i’m not sure myself. but i prefer to think it happened just the way he said it did. enjoy the rest of the lord of the rings. take care, max

            • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

              Beautiful story, Max! You are full of stories too. It seems your dad’s traits moved right over to you :)! Thanks so much for sharing and enriching the comments here.

              • http://www.midwaymarketplace.com/blog7 Maxwell Ivey

                hi farnoosh; thanks for the complement. I’m glad to feel appreciated here. i’m no where near the story teller my dad was especially since many of his best were come up with on the spur of the moment. for me to tell a good story i either have to think about it well in advance or retell someone else’s. well take care, max

  • http://betweenthetemples.com Chris Harris | Between the Temples

    Thanks Farnoosh, you have given me another book to read on my endless list ;) Fantastic review of his book by the way, your way of writing and seeing things has me thinking we are on the same wave length on many things.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Chris, dear friend, where have you been? I absolutely loved this book and know you won’t feel differently either. You are an accomplished writer, and maybe this inspiration will help bring you back full force. Thanks for dropping me a note – I hope you have been very well. Update me sometime with more details please!

  • http://alwayswellwithin.com Sandra / Always Well Within

    Greetings Farnoosh,

    Jon Morrow’s post on this book intrigued me; now you’ve convinced me to read it. King seems to reiterate essential points that writers must truly understand: it’s an “alone” craft, I would say (not necessarily lonely) and takes persistence, dedication, and love. Interesting that he didn’t write for the money.

    This morning I was rewriting a private post from months ago, which deepened my appreciation for the craft. This later polishing showed me how much more I could do with my words. It was a joy.

    I appreciate how much you identify yourself as a writer rather than as a blogger alone. You have a special gift for words.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Sandra,
      It’s Jon’s fault entirely that I picked up Stephen King’s book too ;)! I just finished writing you a comment on your answer to my question in your recent blog post …..
      As for “alone” versus “lonely”, I love the distinction. He really did not write for the money, but of course that is a nice bonus. Hubby says he might as well have a money printing machine in his basement – he does well, and deservedly so. Have you read any of his books? I’ve never read a horror book and I get easily scared, I wonder if I should even attempt one.
      More than blogger, always more than a blogger…..and so are you. Thanks for being here, Sandra, and all the best to you.

      • http://alwayswellwithin.com Sandra / Always Well Within

        Farnoosh,

        No, I haven’t read any Stephen King. I’m not keen on horror, either! Yes, he’s very lucky in the financial department. It’s not so easy for many writers. We’re lucky to have blogging these days, which expands our options for publishing! Thanks for your warm welcome.

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Hi Sandra, no horror for either of us then.
          Gosh, I don’t know if I would call it lucky for King, although getting to the hands of the right publisher who had the brains to publish the genius does help because there was no self-publishing back then. If you read the book, you can see what he went through and he is a gifted gifted writer. But yes we are very lucky to have blogging. Now that’s just good timing with the universe and technology ;)!

  • http://360degreeself.com Tim

    Hi Farnoosh:

    I really enjoyed your review of (and enthusiasm for) Stephen King’s book…I also agree with those parts of the book you feel so strongly about.

    Me, I grew up reading Stephen King books as a teenager. I know I’ve read more books by King than any other author. Is he my favorite? I’m not sure. But I am sure that he shaped and influenced me as a writer and a lover of books and good story.

    I read King’s “On Writing” when it first came out and was struck by his insights and words of wisdom throughout. I like that he shared his background and the experiences growing up that influence him. I love that he is grateful for the support he has received from his wife. Yes, there is plenty to “chew on” by reading this book. It is surely worth a read for any aspiring and current writers.

    Kudos to you, Farnoosh, for a great book review and for being a good writer, yourself. Learning that English is your 3rd language and that you’ve grown up with such a strong math and engineering background is impressive. Keep up the great work here and I look forward to reading more of your insights.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Tim, SO nice to see you – how have you been??
      You know, I envy you – I would be terrified if I read his horror books. Do you think there is one that’s not as bad as the rest but still a really GOOD story?
      Well, if you have read On Writing, you know what I mean then! It might be worth a revisit if you read it a while ago ….. esp. since it’s been out for over a decade. And I hope your blogging is coming along well too, Tim.
      Thank you thank you for being here to share your thoughts. Happy writing!!!

  • http://crazyintrovert.com Glori | Crazy Introvert

    Hi Farnoosh!

    This is a perfect example of a book review that I would definitely try to emulate in the future! :)

    I never had the chance to read my copy of On Writing because of everything that has been going on. Your review makes me really really want to read it now… and yes: I WILL MAKE TIME TO READ A LOT AND WRITE A LOT!

    Honestly, I only read King’s books during the day. He’s so good with his narratives that I would freak out if I read his novels at night. :P

    I never knew he also experienced poverty; I bet I’ll be able to relate, like, a lot. It’s not easy being poor; it’s not just money and things that are taken away from you; sometimes, it can get so tough that even your hopes and dreams seem so impossible… :(

    On the lighter side! Jon’s post was a long one! I had to take down notes. And yes, I read Jeff’s blog too and am loving his ongoing 15 habits of great writers!

    Thanks for giving me the push to read that great book!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear sweet Glori,
      OK then! I am going to hold you to your own self promises here and I am so excited that you felt this inspired. I told my hubby what you said about King’s books – and I haven’t ready any of the books – I just told my other readers in responses that I would be terrified. I haven’t read a horror book but then again, I love King. I wonder if I should.
      It seems like you are paying a lot of attention to your writing habit. You are going to be just fine! Just keep doing what you do daily, and keep in touch, Glori. Happy writing and let me know if you grab On Writing for a read.

  • http://www.byjanet.net/purple janet

    I would love to read this book! I have read a few of his fictions.. Not really my type of book anymore (if ever) but I have heard that On Writing is such a classic and I want to read more about writing and the process.. I’m feeling called to write my first book (or two)! One is a manifesto that could be for my email list and another would be a memoir that I could either self publish or pitch to publishers.. I’ve been testing the idea around people and they say the idea is good enough to pitch! But alas, I must write first and surely, the book will pitch itself!! ;)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Janet, read it. Go run to the bookstore and grab a copy. Or better yet, run to Amazon like I did ;)!
      Why do you say not your type of book? You mean books on writing or non-fiction books?
      You are a good writer. I think you should not think twice about writing those 2 books and start today. I’ll want a copy of the memoir for sure :)!

  • Jon F

    I loved On Writing. I have read it twice, listened to it countless times. My favorite story was when he had to “push” and used the Poison Ivy to clean up. I don’t think I have ever laughed harder from something I read in a book. I also wanted to cheer when he told the story of selling the paperback to – was it Bantam Doubleday – I can’t remember. Anyhow, loved how he described the raw emotion. The brilliance of On Writing is how he takes us on a journey with him and along the way teaches us about writing.

    Anyhow, great reminder about one of my favorite books. Thank you.

    JF

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Jon, does Stephen King read it? How I want to hear him read it! I bet it’s incredible. I love reading my books,I have not yet listened to an audio book.
      Oh I remember those two stories vividly. And I cried EVERY TIME he sold a book and got enough money to buy medicine for the kids or groceries!!! The stories are incredible and it is truly a testament to his powers of description that he teaches us. INDEED! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Jon.

      • Jon F

        Farnoosh,

        He does read it. It’s great. I opened up the book after this post and turned to a page. I landed on the grammar section. As I read the words I could hear his voice once again. It’s a great connection.

        I had an interesting moment of clarity this morning. As I look at my book shelf I notice I have a TON of books on writing that I purchased prior to purchasing On Writing. But the only writing book that I purchased afterwards was the audio version. Apparently I felt like that book was sufficient. Which makes sense as to why I have consumed it so many times.

        So drawing on the analogy of the toolbox, what do you have in the top shelf of your online content creation toolbox? That could be a post all its own.

        I will tell you this much Farnoosh, I subscribe to A LOT of newsletters. I don’t really read much past what arrives in my inbox. I do read most of what Brian Gardner writes. This morning Twitter sent me a list of “Tweets for Me” and Brian’s post The Simple Reason You’re Not a Writer (Yet) was one of them. At the bottom of his post was “Sites That Link to This Post” and the #1 spot was/is: Craft of Writing | Stephen King | On Writing. Of course I couldn’t resist. I was curious, did Stephen King link to Brian Gardner? Well, long story short, here we sit and as Stephen writes “Making a Connection” you the reader, me the writer through the power of the written word. You have talent my new found friend. Of course you don’t need my positive affirmations to bolster your self confidence, but to keep someone with my attention span all the way to the end and then to get me to take the time to post a comment, well like I said before I don’t read much past what arrives in my inbox – you are doing things right! (or you are doing the right things) ;-)

        Regards,

        JF

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          JF, that’s an incredibly kind thing to say. It is really the highest compliment, and I have been smiling since I read it. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to tell me how you felt about my writing. You are so kind. And it’s great to know that I read the KING (no pun ;)) of books on writing. I enjoyed “Writing Well” by Zinsser, (review right below this post up above from years ago), but it was not half as entertaining as King’s book. Thank you again and may we talk again as well, JF!

  • http://nochnoch.com Noch Noch | be me. be natural.

    I read this book too and highlighted a lot of the passages you quoted here.
    same for will zinsser
    i’d like to think that we are both great minds (you defo are) so we think alike :)
    Noch Noch

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      We have great taste and we are alike, Noch Noch. If we both love writing, that alone is a bond I consider very special :)! I hope married life is suiting you super well, my dear.

  • http://www.rachaellay.com Rachael

    Dearest Farnoosh

    What a fantastic, well thought out review! You have inspired me to finally read On Writing, which has been sitting in my bookshelf for at least 10 years. I don’t know for what reason, but I had always assumed this book would be a half hearted “here’s how I did it” prompted by the publisher rather than Mr King. Seems like I was wrong!

    Stephen King was my favourite author as a teenager. I remember too many occasions when I was holding one of his books secretly in my lap during class, grabbing another word, another line, whenever the teacher wasn’t looking. I also remember when he released The Green Mile, chapter (or two) at a time, one each month. It was my first taste of drip feed content and it was torture waiting for the next instalment.

    My reading style is quite different these days but whenever I see his books in my bookshelf I think “I must read those again someday”. Then all the other new, must read books remind me of their place in the queue and I leave Stephen’s books for another day. One day, it WILL happen.

    I loved reading about the joy you have found in this book and look forward to getting on and reading it myself. : )

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Rachael, you brave woman – I can’t read horror books. Are they really scary?? I wonder if I will be able to stomach it because I LOVE his writing style. It’s a fantastic book and you must MUST read it.
      Thank you so much for stopping over – I hope you have been well and I know too well the long queue of reading awaiting our attention. It is a great problem to have. ;)!
      Sending you much love and hope that your new adventures in the self-employed world are keeping you very happy and preoccupied with goodness!

      • http://www.choiceslifecoaching.co.nz Rachael

        Hmm, hard to quantify what scary is for me. I’ll happily watch a horror movie, in the dark, late at night, on my own, so I guess my scare scale is a bit off ; )

        I don’t remember being scared so much, when I read them, as on edge and definitely able to easily imagine the creepy goings on. Stephen King’s writing makes things seem very real and he certainly gave me cause to pause and collect my self but we’re big girls now, right? We can handle a bit of fright.

        New adventures in the self-employed world are CRAZY!! In the middle of refinement of my business, a website relaunch and writing my home study course so extremely busy but LOVING it!! Can’t imagine how I ever did anything differently now. This just feels too good : )

  • http://www.BigIslandDog.com Jt Clough | Big Island Dog

    This review inspired me to read On Writing. I did not know Stephen King had written it and years ago I was a big fan.
    I also have taken Jeff Goins blog to heart and I have on may occasions recently told people when asked what I do, “I am a writer.”

    The other day I was working on my G+ profile and from one of my readings found that listing the place you have written or published is a great thing to do on the G+ profile. I’ve been going to get a list together for reference on my blog but just haven’t done it. As I started I amazed myself. Runners World (several articles), Self Magazine, Women’s Health and many more. Oh yeah. I am a writer! Just was interviewed by Fitness Magazine this week as well.

    Mahalo for the review. I’m even more inspired to write. And I will read this book.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello dear JT, thank you for stopping by. I am glad to see a fellow writer on my comments. Welcome :))! And getting a list of places where you post or publish or have media exposure is a great idea. How we do it depends on our goals I think. I am not a freelance writer and I do blog posts, guest posts and then I write my books. How do you have it organized?
      You are MOST welcome, JT and I hope I run into you one day – are you in Hawaii? :)) Mahalo back!

  • http://www.fearfuladventurer.com Torre – Fearful Adventurer

    This is one of my most favourite writing books, along with Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. I loved the childhood part! I wanted more. King has a lot of similarities with my dad: they were born a year apart, they both grew up in Maine, they both turned into writers with twisted imaginations … ;)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Lovely seeing you here, Torre. The *BEST* book on writing, hands down. Indeed. I’ll have to check out the other one. Funny I didn’t realize you were American – I thought you were Aussie…. Great to hear of the parallels between King and your Dad! Hope you are doing well!

  • Erik Frimann

    Did you ever get a chance to hear Stephen King himself on his tape-set? It so great. He has a wonderful voice, and it great stuff. Let me know if you want it.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Erik, no, I’m dying to hear his voice – I haven’t got a chance to get it and I’d love to get it if you are willing to share. Will email you now. Thanks.