Friday, February 10, 2012

Writers Blocked

Greetings Pups,

On a recent trip to the library, I picked up a book by Stephen King called On Writing. It's basically his advice to writers, but, the truth is, I don't know if I should trust any of it.

Here's why.

I've read his books and I've seen movies based on his books. He has written about writers a few times, and I love that. Unfortunately, the writers in his books, and subsequently the movies, have really bad luck. They go crazy, get haunted by their own characters, are kidnapped and/or stalked by Kathy Bates and/or John Turturro or any combination thereof. It's amazing we have any writers left after all of that. But I have a theory on all of this.

If you've paid attention to anything Stephen King has been saying in the last few years, you have probably heard him criticizing the Twilight queen Stephenie Meyer. He really seems to think she sucks. Still, she manages to be one of the best selling authors in the world. I could be missing something, but I don't think he has ever conquered the boy crazy pre-teen girl market the way Ms. Meyer has.

So is that it? Does he not want any competition from other writers? Hmmm?

Honestly, I doubt that's the case, but if it is, let me say this. "Hey, Stephen, you're a really good writer. A lot of people like you, including me. Don't worry about the rest of us."

It is funny, though, that I find more of an issue with this than with the fact that he tends to make Christians into the crazies. I suppose since I'm a writer AND a Christian, I'll have to call it a tie.


Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer