Exceptional Writers Read

It’s been said that you need to be a reader to be a great writer. I can’t claim to always be a) the best reader or b) the best reader of the best writing. That said, I have been making a concerted effort to read more, and was excited to pick up Stephen King’s On Writing.

And, baby, I can’t put it down!

There have been a number of passages that resonated with me (admittedly, I’m only 88 pages in), but this one got me between the ribs.

“…none of them taught me the things I learned from Carrie White. The most important is that the writer’s perception of a character may be as erroneous as the reader’s. Running a close second was the realization that stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.”

I’m going to aim for more lunchtime musings to carry over to my own, albeit somewhat slow going, writing project. But I read that and needed to share. Feeling the writer’s block so tremendously these past few years has been challenging. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that traction and momentum come with the act of writing, and writing often, even if it’s garbage. I think I’m on the road up, though.


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