Wow. I have so many thoughts scattered around in my head right now it’s almost impossible for me to get them straight. There are a few things I want to touch on today, though I’m not going to put them in any particular order. Follow along and maybe, just maybe I’ll say something interesting!
First, I recently read an amazing book by Stephen King. Some of you may know it, some of you may not, but the title is On Writing; A Memoir of the Craft. I have one thing to say about this… WOW! I loved reading this book, and not just for all the great nuggets of writing advice! His story-telling is wonderful. I will say, with utmost regret, that I have never read one of his novels. Yes, yes, please do proceed to stare at me as if I just admitted I have a third eyeball on the back of my head. I know. I get it.
I’ve always thought I’d get around to reading his work, and in a way, I finally did. Now I want more. My Goodreads goal for this year is 30 books… I think Stephen King may have to come along for a ride as the author of several of those books. Hubs still has a few at his parents’ house and said he’ll pick them up for me to read. The Shining was his favorite to read and he told me about a part that made my claustrophobia grow by ten-fold (No, I’ve never seen the movie… I’ve seen the miniseries with that guy from the show WINGS, but that was years ago and I don’t really remember it.)
Next, I have a friend who told me recently she has gotten through one chapter of a book she wants to write. I was very excited for her. Then she proceeds to tell me that her husband thinks she’s crazy… Big frowny face!!
So what I have to say now is for the Nay-Sayers, be they mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, husband, wife, or other…
SHUT UP!!!! Seriously. No, keep your mouth shut unless you have something positive to say. You think I’m crazy? Just go ahead and THINK it, but don’t tell me what a horrible idea it is for me to write! It’s something I want to do and if you aren’t going to support me, then you can just SHOVE OFF!
Now, to my friend:
Don’t give up! Keep going! Even when all you hear are the nay-sayers, pour all that frustration and anger and depression (because yes, it can get depressing when people think you’re crazy for doing something you want to do) and USE IT! Take everything you’re feeling and throw it into your writing! Bawl over the part in your book where Penny spills the milk and James feels the need to clean it up! Yell at James as he drives off and forgot to buckle his seat belt! Seriously! Do it! Only, you know… In the parts of your book where those emotions are relevant. (You can still cry over the spilled milk if you want to though.)
Third, you take the chicken and pull the meat off the bones while…. Uh, wait. Scratch that… That’s for chicken and dumplings…
See? Scattered! I suppose it has something to do with the fact that I got up 3 hours early today. I’m not used to getting up at five in the AM, but it’s been nice being able to sit and write without two kids running around, screaming, and creating a ruckus. This may be something I’ll have to start doing from now on… Just as long as I can main-line my morning cappuccino.
How about you? Have you read Stephen King’s On Writing? Which of his other books would you recommend? Any advice for those writers out there with the nay-sayers in their ears? Leave a comment and let me know what you have to say!