I am almost finished reading Stephen King’s On Writing…a short but very entertaining book on the craft. One thing leading to another, of course I find myself constantly looking up things about him and his fascinating family. I just tried to borrow a book written by Tabitha King, his wife and have had to request it from the library because it is not on Kindle and I won’t be at this address long enough for a physical copy from Amazon to get to me. I am very disappointed because I am curious to read his wife’s writing, it appears all the writers in that family gravitate towards the same genre…I will see whether the library can get me the book in the time I am here. Otherwise, I’ll have to do something else…
In the meantime, I am so happy that I decided to renew my annual membership at my local library. Reading and books are such amazing enhancements to our lives. It is impossible for me to understand how some people (dare I say, most people) don’t realize how powerful it is to get lost in a book. Now that I have more time, I am trying to use it to read and write.
Stephen King is right on when he says that people who want to write have no business NOT reading. I am at a point in my fiction where I need to decide how to either eliminate characters or expand their stories. Mine being a romance novel makes it difficult to come up with a scenario that involves some kind of mass transit accident to kill off a few characters. Plus none of my protagonists annoy me that much to want to see them dead. One of the characters is already dead but his life and legacy live on. Mr. King contends that sometimes our characters don’t do what we at first intend them to and he is right about that. My main protagonist has appeared in my book less often than one of the less important ones. I wonder what that is about.
Another thing Mr. King says and with which I agree is that every book we write has a little bit of us in it, whether we think so or not. It is a fascinating career. I have just come to terms with the idea that I really am a writer and although my published credits are scant, that does not have to be my reality for the rest of my life.