But I wasn't, and I copied a ton of quotations from it for future inspiration, seeing as it was a library book and I didn't think they'd appreciate outright theft of the book.
The first thing I took away from this book: Spouses *can* be good beta readers. Should they be your only extra pair of eyes? Definitely not. But so much of the conventional advice says that spouses and friends can't be objective. Judging from the amount of scribbling my husband did on my 2nd draft, I'd beg to differ-- and so would Stephen King, whose wife is his "Constant Reader."
"Whenever I see a first novel dedicated to a wife (or husband), I think, There's someone who knows. Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference." (p. 74)Should I get published some day, I doubt anyone would be surprised to see my husband's name front and center on the dedication page.
*pauses for audience to say "Awwww!"*
Ahem. So I won't post every quote I wrote down, but here are a few more: Two good descriptions of what has always grabbed me about King's writing:
"If you want to be a successful writer, you must be able to describe it [a scene or object], and in a way that will cause your reader to prickle in recognition."
"You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you."And on writing groups, which King suggests you take with a grain of salt... or grit, if you will:
"It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster's shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters."