I’ve been a Stephen King fan since my mother turned me onto him when I was in high school. The first book I read of his was The Stand, back in 1979 or 1980. It was HUGE, lasted a looooong time, and I enjoyed every slow page of it. I’ve been a big fan of his ever since, and my mom and I shared our King books over the years.
I’ve been reading (listening to) The Stephen King Companion this week. It’s a huge book containing everything you would probably ever want to know about Stephen King, and then some, written by George Beahm. Every published book and story, everything he’s written everywhere else, his personal life, and tons more. It’s just a fascinating read, and has caused me to add several more books to my audiobook collection, including “On Writing”, a book Stephen King wrote about writing itself–from the very basics to how to become a good writer. Sort of an instruction manual on how to become a writer, and I’m very interested. I’m still reading The SK Companion though, with about 1/3 of it left to go.
There are plenty of Stephen King books I have yet to read, and this darned book makes me want to read them more now than ever before…and even makes me want to read a bunch of them over again! Most of them are already in my Audible library, purchased with the 2 book credits I get per month with the membership I’ve had for years. In fact, I’ve pretty much given up on “old school” real-paper books these days, now favoring audiobooks over them. It does take longer to listen to an entire audiobook, but I find that I get much more out of them by listening to them being read to me than I do when I read them myself, for some reason. Plus, I can’t read a REAL book while driving to and from work, so audiobooks give me some extra “reading” time.
Maybe I can use this blog to help me stick to one of King’s tips on becoming a great writer: Write. every. day.