‘Misery’ by Stephen King

The first book I read by Stephen King was his non-fiction ‘On Writing’, which is quoted in every single book on writing. (I wrote about it here.) Following that, I decided to start reading some of his fiction, to see how he applied (or not) his own advice. I’ve liked some books more than others, but my favourite so far, is without a doubt, ‘Misery’.

And indeed, the first two quotes I share here, are about writing.

misery in book“If a book remained roadblocked long enough, it began to decay, to fall apart; all the little tricks and illusions started to show.”

“Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels, not amnesia.”

“Confucius say if man want to grow one row of corn, first must shovel one ton of shit.”

“For one moment he thought of bringing the heavy ceramic ashtray down on her head as she bent over, cleaving her skull with it, letting out the disease that passed for her brains.”

All quotes from ‘Misery’ by Stephen King. Pages 120, 237, 242 and 266 from the Kindle Edition, published by Hodder & Stoughton.

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