This book is quite the commitment. At a bazillion pages and moving at a moderately steady pace, the thing is easy to put dow...moreI liked it. I did. Really.
This book is quite the commitment. At a bazillion pages and moving at a moderately steady pace, the thing is easy to put down. It does, however, keep you curious and I kept picking it back up. With hints of The Westing Game and fun characters who wouldn't pick it back up, right?
On the downside, its moderately steady pace is just that. Steady. But not quick, at all. I can see an intelligent child reading through this, though I think it may take them until they reach junior high.
The problem is that there are a ton of great books for smart kids and they have a much faster pace and characters developed in a way that makes you love them, not just feel endeared to them.
Well, that's the best I can do. I did like it, really, I just don't know who else would.(less)
An eye-opening book. Lerner does a good job at holding up a mirror in front of authors and reminding them that their words, actions, and presence defi...moreAn eye-opening book. Lerner does a good job at holding up a mirror in front of authors and reminding them that their words, actions, and presence defines them to publishers and agents, as well as their readers. A good reminder that we, as authors, must learn to communicate with the many audiences on the road to publication and beyond. I'd recommend it to anyone who thinks they may want to write, to anyone who considers themself a writer, and to anyone who is struggling to climb back into the saddle. Without pandering, Lerner's work encourages writers humorously and honestly. It was a good read.(less)
I don't read many writing books. I don't because I'm chicken. I'm utterly terrified of having an expert pick me apa...moreExactly the book I needed it to be.
I don't read many writing books. I don't because I'm chicken. I'm utterly terrified of having an expert pick me apart and tell me I'm not good enough. Why would I willingly sit down to that kind of narrative?
But, this book was different. It was Stephen King's mind on the page and it was exactly the encouragement I needed.
He begins with sharing a bit about himself and why he is the way he is: Infinitesimally interesting in its ordinary way. I am no longer amazed at his attraction to the macabre. It's not that he lived a morbid life, just that he seemed to find the bizarre in all of it. The way his mind works is fascinating and his quick wit makes for great reading.
Another thing, and really the magic of this book, is that I found myself nodding along. I told my husband, "This guy thinks like me." Now, I don't really know if that's true, but King's gift is showing the reader his point of view and presenting it so that it feels like the right way to do things. And really? How can you argue with this guy?
Of course, as the title suggests, King gives tips and pointers to writers. The second section of the book that addresses the discipline of writing is beyond insightful. He is direct and doesn't mince words, but his tone is kindhearted and helpful, and I found a new respect for this author so often scrutinized.
So, thank you Stephen King. Thank you for sharing your life and the wealth of wisdom. I promise to keep your words in my toolbox and will do my best to use them well. (less)