“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.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Disclaimer: I’ve yet to buy or read this book by Mr. King.
Don’t let that fool you. Every quote I’ve read or heard from On Writing causes outcries in my brain, “You need to study this book and internalize all of its goodness! NOW.”
Guess what my next book purchase is going to be?
The theme that Mr. King expresses so well in the quote above is that my writing is first and foremost for me or my children or my wife. No one else. There should be only one distinct person I’m writing for as I’m drafting something new, and it should be someone very close. And that is the lesson I still have to get through my thick skull.
Revisions are for other the rest of you. I’ll get to those; first I have to finish!
Late addition: I’ve just bought On Writing. Excited!