Thursday, July 23, 2009

And Stephen King is the key.....

I've always been amazed at people who've been at their jobs for 15, 25, 30 or more years. My personal best was 5 years at Roper Hospital in Charleston, SC. That's not to say I'm flighty with jobs, but between downsizing, changing careers, etc. I've just been a bit of a nomad.

While security is a great thing, I think I was meant to be one of those people who wasn't necessarily meant to stay in one career path or one place for good. I may have had a longer tenure with a company if I hadn't had such a burning curiosity for a variety of things. Even growing up this was the case. I couldn't be in band and on day one play the tenor sax and end my musical life on tenor sax. I explored everything and now I've played (or played at) tenor, alto, soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, Irish fiddle, didgeridoo and had a fun stint with rifle/color guard.

My career has seen the same multi-interest translate into new careers. Sign Language interpreting, medical technology, nursing, convention planning, etc. And now, while this isn't a career change, I am finally looking to pay long-absent attention to a creative skill I've seemed to always enjoy, but didn't realize I was always enjoying it. I like writing.

I don't plan to hash out the great American novel or even have writing a novel as a goal, but it could happen. As with any new topic my mind sparks an interest in, I first started with the Dummies books. As usual, it was a great overview and skimming of not only the writing process, but the business side as well. There were references to other books galore, but one that stuck out in my mind was Stephen King's On Writing. I started reading it this past week and I'm really impressed and surprised by this book. It's so conversational you feel as if he's sitting with you.

If you like Stephen King's fiction in the past get this book if you haven't read it already. The first nearly half of the book is almost a biography, but you see in his biography where his past created his future. The portion on where the idea(s) for Carrie came from out of his being a janitor in a high school were informative. Especially how it almost wasn't written.

So building on his very first bit of advice from writer and fellow blogger SueBob (who I get the extreme pleasure of meeting face to face this week while she's attending BlogHer here in Chicago!) I'll be adding Stephen King's fun and not so fun advice. I hope to start sharing some work, both old and new, with you soon.


Just Kevin... said...

Sounds like we'll have some more good reading to do! Share what you write, Kit!

Peter Mavrik said...

Huzzah for writing! Whip out The Elements of Style (if you don't own it, go here) and let your fingers do the talking.

I feel like blogging is great practice for some folks, and you are certainly one to tell a good story. So, as with all the bloggers I enjoy reading, I shall ask only one thing:

blog moar plz? kthxbai.

Project Christopher said...

Kev - yes you will... provided you watch that name.

Peter - more blogging to come. I've been on a bit of a hiatus, but as I come back online myself so will the blogging.

cb said...

I often flirt with the idea of writing a book. I have several book ideas percolating too. Good luck in your writing!!

Catharine said...

I just finished Lisey's story.. I cant get it out of my head. I thought it was amazing. I also agree with above comment about Elements of Style. Being a creative writer is only half the battle in my opinion.... ;)