I didn't really feel like I could review this book because the reason I was reading it was to find writing salvation. Or at the very least find out why so many writers recommend it to aspiring writers. I do want to share my thoughts on what I've learnt from this book because you might decide it could be helpful to you too.
This book taught me that:
My way of writing is okay. I'm not a plotter. I can't write a story when I've mapped out chapter by chapter what happens. It just doesn't work for me. I prefer to start with an imaginative photograph of a scene and then let the story unravel from there as I type. Apparently this does not mean I'm a failure. Phew!
I must write every day. Especially when I don't feel like it to keep my characters fresh in my mind. I am so trying to do this even if I only manage 200 words. I have only missed one day out of the last 20 and that was because I was at a wedding.
I must already have some of the skills I need because I understood all of the talk about grammar and vocabularly. Apparently my English degree wasn't a huge waste of time and money after all.
I must write with the door of my study closed for my first draft and resist temptations to show it to my sister. (That is a tough one but I totally agree with Mr King that it has a weird effect on me).
I must turn off the internet before I start writing to minimise distractions. (That is a lot easier than it sounds but I've done it two days in a row! Go me!)
I must keep reading! (So pleased that I have permission to read at least 80 books per year and that this is not wasting my writing time. I love this one Mr King. Thank you very much for this. I think perhaps it will be my salvation.)
Yep, this book is really good for learning about writing. Plus it has some really funny anecdotes from Stephen's childhood. I love it!