Sunday, March 15, 2009


Thirty five years ago, a wife pulled four pages out of the trash, and thus began the literary career of Stephen King. I remember reading Tommyknockers one day when I was home sick from school and feeling really creepy. I have not read all that he wrote and have liked some while others I struggled to finish others. His book, On Writing, helped me tremendously as I consider writing my first book. There is something to be said about the way he spins a story.

To think it all started by someone believing in him enough take a look at something he had discarded. Inspiring.

What moments in your life was there someone that believed in you, that helped you get where you are today?


Cinnamon said...

I have read Lisey's Story and it was quite simply the most horrific and scary thing I have read. The things that were suggested were scarier than those explicit. It gives me shivers just to remember it. There is no doubt he is a master story-teller, so a good one to learn from.

Your last question is difficult to answer- I don't feel that I am anywhere in particular today. Still just muddling through life :)

Brian Miller said...

@cinnamon...each of us travels roads of different length...maybe you will find yourself somewhere right around the next bend.

tut-tut said...

You are the second person to recommend this book, which I hadn't heard of. It is an excellent one; I was lucky enough to find it at the library. Who helps me most is also the one who foils me most; most infuriating.

Marianna said...

OMG, this must be my favorite book on writing lol
I remember reading it (in a few days) and then going back to re-read some parts!

Yes it is amazing how you take one turn in life and you can end up in one place and then you take another turn...for me it must have been my english teacher when I was 10. I admired her so much and it was at this point that I decided to become an english teacher. I became one, eventually and it is funny to think how things could have turned out if I had a non-inspiring teacher lol

take care

Brian Miller said...

@marianne english teachers seem to be good for that. i had one in HS, Mrc Callahan, that changed my life by taking an interest in me.