Three Scattered Things

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!

About Katie Doyle

Katie Doyle is an avid reader, writer of NA and Adult fiction, a mom to two tornadoes that resemble an eight and six year old, and pet to a tuxedo cat named Oz and a German Shepherd/Boxer rescue named Charlie. If she's not reading, writing, or getting Oz out of a tree, she's screaming at characters on TV and trying not to curse around her kids.
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7 Responses to Three Scattered Things

  1. Writing for Story by Jon Franklin gives greatest description of outlining ever.

  2. Katie says:

    Thanks, Joseph! I'll definately check that one out!

  3. Meaghan says:

    Oh Katie, you must must must read King. Even if you don't like horror, I personally feel it would still be beneficial. In my opinion, he's the best storyteller. Ever. I'd recommend Salem's Lot for your first dip into King territory. It's definitely one of my favorites. If you are ready for some of his longer work, try Needful Things, IT, and Bag of Bones. Bag of Bones is really, really good. Well, I think all of them are pretty much perfect, except Duma Key and Lisey's Story, which are two I didn't like.. but now I'm babbling. Get ye to a bookstore, stat!

  4. Loved that book. I've also read his most recent book of short stories. I think it's called Full Dark, No Stars. Positivity is key in life. Only surround yourself with positive people. The writing community here is amazing.

  5. Katie says:

    Meaghan – I've got a couple of his books set up for my next Amazon binge… Yes, I binge buy books. Is there a meeting for that?Miranda – That's one that I will have to look into, and I agree positivity is very important. There are times when I think I'm crazy for being a writer, but my family and friends support me and that helps=)

  6. ange says:

    Hi KatieI must get Stephen King's book on writing. I've heard somewhere else (can't remember) that it's very good. I'm afraid I haven't read any of his books because I don't like horror as a genre – book or film. I want to be able to turn the lights out at night!!As for the negative people out there, let's hope your friend completes the book, finds a publisher and her husband has to eat his words. What sort of a husband doesn't support his wife anyway?Have followed you on twitter, but I can't see where to follow your blog.Warm wishes from England. @angebarton

  7. Katie says:

    Hello Ange=) Thanks for following me on Twitter. There's something wrong with Blogger's follow button right now. I had a problem trying to follow another blogger as well (her followers had disappeared!). As for reading horror, I don't know how I'll do once I start reading his other books. I may have to get used to sleeping with the lights on!

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