“On Writing” by Stephen King is the book that got me started, and keeps me going. When I first read Stephen’s account of his beginnings, and how he, somehow, overcame the odds stacked against him, I knew I would have to try. And of course I’m still trying, and this is the lesson.
This is pure genius:
“One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes.”
And the sublime: “I thought long and hard about whether or not to include a detailed section on grammar in this little book.”
“On writing” is about becoming a writer, by the master of the craft, still with us. Long live the King.