I just reread Stephen King’s On Writing, which I first read when it came out in 2000. It’s a perennial on writers’ lists of favorite craft books for good reason. It might sound odd for a cozy mystery writer who’s more than a tad squeamish to admire a horror writer and be inspired by him, but I do and I am. For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite quotes from On Writing.
“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.” (P. 106)
(Cover image from the 2010 anniversary edition.)