I'm headed to a broadcasters career fair tomorrow, so it might be a short blog for next couple days, but I still have tonight. And the thing that's been weighing on my mind is... Stephen King.
I'll admit, I haven't read as much as I should've while I writing The Paladin, but now I have a bit of spare time and, thanks to some suggestions from a friend of mine, I'm now reading The Gunslinger from the Dark Tower series. As a reader, I highly recommend it. As a writer, stay the hell away. Well... maybe not. Let me explain.
See, reading something from a master like Stephen King, right after I handed off my manuscript to some beta readers... it's put a ding in my confidence. While I can certainly recommend reading The Gunslinger to anyone NOT writing a book, I might suggest you either A) read it WHILE writing or 2) wait few weeks before you pick it up. Obviously, I can't help but compare my work to his and, frankly, that's just nuts.
The competent, composed side of me knows that I shouldn't compare myself to ANY other author, much less Stephen King. Every author is different. If Fifty Shades can earn a fan base, my work sure as hell can. And yet, there's that nervous part of me that's reading his words and thinking "Oh wow... why didn't I use this metaphor?" or "Holy crap, that was a great character intro."
And to top it all off... I'm not writing anything to distract myself.
Be Excellent to each Other
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.