“Bad writing is more than a matter of shit syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do― to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.”

“Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction. If not so, why do so many couples who start the evening at dinner wind up in bed?”

My very first Stephen King, and while it’s not the genre which has brought him his outrageous literary and commercial success (I’ve never read a horror novel), it has converted me into a fan. The first part of the book which starts with his childhood and ends with him recovering from years of alcohol and drug addiction, is the master lesson for all the writing advice that comes in the second half of the book. Funny, intelligent, raw, and authentic, entertaining; just how I like my women and men.