“You must not come lightly to the blank page.”

For the last week my time has been split between freelance copywriting and novel writing. I considered doing Nanowrimo this year – in fact I did start a new novel – but have decided to put it to the side for now and concentrate on one creative project at a time. Writing two novels while copywriting for clients left me no time to read, for one thing.

I’m currently reading the brilliant Stephen King book ‘On Writing.’ I’ve read it before, but it’s been several years and I hoped that reading it again would give me a little morale boost – there’s nothing quite like reading about King getting his Carrie deal through while living in a trailer to make you evaluate your own writing life.

It’s a fantastic book, recommended if you write or are even thinking about writing. I don’t agree with everything he says – how boring would that be? – but he speaks a lot of sense, and occasionally a note of advice will seem a flash of epiphany. Such as:

“So okay – there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You’ve blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want. Anything at all… as long as you tell the truth.”

And:

“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot if difference. They don’t have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”

Or how about:

“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.”

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Purchase Stephen King: On Writing from Amazon.

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