I'm a big fan of Stephen King even though I've only read two of his books

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AmyO

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"Carrie" is the first Stephen King book I ever read. It was an entertaining read, if not gory, and I related to a lot of the story because I was in high school at the time. Generally, though, horror genre is something I avoid rather than seek out. Years later, my husband and I saw the movie "The Green Mile." Again, entertaining, but I could have done without the green guts and killing.

The next Stephen King book I read is "On Writing" because I figured a guy who can write as many books as he has, and had the kind of success he has, would know a thing or two about how to write. "On Writing" is the best book I've ever read about the writing process. Reading it was like sitting down with Stephen King himself. The book is funny, poignant, honest and endearing. Thanks for a great read.
 

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"Carrie" is the first Stephen King book I ever read. It was an entertaining read, if not gory, and I related to a lot of the story because I was in high school at the time. Generally, though, horror genre is something I avoid rather than seek out. Years later, my husband and I saw the movie "The Green Mile." Again, entertaining, but I could have done without the green guts and killing.

The next Stephen King book I read is "On Writing" because I figured a guy who can write as many books as he has, and had the kind of success he has, would know a thing or two about how to write. "On Writing" is the best book I've ever read about the writing process. Reading it was like sitting down with Stephen King himself. The book is funny, poignant, honest and endearing. Thanks for a great read.
 

prufrock21

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As a non-writer, I found 'On Writing' terrifying.
Great quote. Yes, the writing process can be daunting, especially for writers who write for publication. I've been writing since freshman college and though I've been published before, I've lost count of the rejection slips I've received. Oh, and electronic rejections sting as much as paper ones.
 

carlcreighton

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I'm sort of in the same boat. I've been a fan through the movies (Dolores Claiborne, Misery, The Shining, Carrie, The Stand, Shawshank Redemption) but only started reading the novels. That's kind of true what I just said. I tried to read Insomnia when I was younger, I think that was the wrong place to start since he says himself he didn't like it in On Writing. I'm savoring The Shining at the moment. I got Carrie on audiobook with Sissy Spacek reading it which is amazing but I had a weird experience listening to the period blood part while at the gym. The next three months I'm going to try to finish writing my first novel I've been working on for three years and pretend it's only been three months like On Writing suggests should happen. I need friends, will you guys be my friends? I'm so impressed with the ease for storytelling King shows in The Shining. I'm excited to delve into all this! And I totally agree about On Writing. It's like I've been hanging out with him all day the past two days. It's bordering on a delusional fantasy but now I've found this message board and real back and forth people! I'm excited.