I don’t like everything Stephen King writes. Some of it I quite detest. I don’t think I ever did finish “The ….”
I don’t even remember the name, I’ve blocked it out. Wait until I look it up.
“The Regulators”. Don’t even know why I keep the book except I think maybe one day I’ll appreciate it. It does happen. Happened with “Gerald’s Game”. Attempted that book three times before I could get through it. And “The Tommyknockers”. Still don’t like either of them but at least I managed to finish them. But not “The Regulators”. Can’t even look at the cover without wanting to spit at it.
But I have a long list of other books written by Mr. King that make up for the few duds. “It” would have to top the list because it (It?) really struck home due to my dislike of clowns, and I liked the title. Not the best reasons and certainly not the only reasons but this isn’t meant to be a post on dissecting novels; it’s meant to be a post on writing advice. Unfortunately, it takes me a while to get to a point.
Close behind “It” would be “The Stand”, The Dark Tower series, the Green Mile serial and every short story he’s ever written.
So when Mr. King gives advice on writing, I listen. I read. I make notes and think about what he is saying. So, whether you’re a new writer or seasoned, I’ve included a link to a 1980 post on wordplayer.com that gives great advice on writing a good description;
I found the above link on this site; http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.ca
The Kill Zone is a wonderful site for writers, full of information on writerly subjects, such as immersive reading, and it was a comment on that very interesting subject that led me to Mr. King’s helpful advice. One line that stuck out for me; Imagery does not occur on the writer’s page; it occurs in the reader’s mind.
Never really thought about that but I believe Mr. King to be absolutely correct. Now all I have to do with my fledgling book is to make sure the image I see in my head is accurately and vividly conveyed to my reader without overburdening him or her with details.
That will take practice. Like a hockey player or golfer honing his game, it will take practice, practice, practice.
Stephen King’s “On Writing; A Memoir of the Craft” is, in my opinion, a must-have for every wannabe writer. I refer to it often, and never tire of reading it. Buy it.
But not “The Regulators”. Don’t buy that book. Unless you’re paper-training your puppy.