Just finished reading Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. What a great book. So many people think King is a horror writer, but he’s so much more than that; he’s a storyteller, a writer who creates vivid, real characters, and Lisey’s Story is a beautiful, sad love story.
What I admire the most about King, though, is his gift with language. He creates scenes so well and he understands how language is unique to people: the references between family, friends, lovers that only they can know. He gets the small things right, and that’s what brings his stories to life.
I wish more writers would pay attention to language, narrative. There’s such a trend of visual writing right now that feels hollow to me. And then there’s the other end of the spectrum, writers using “big” vocabularies to describe simple settings, making scenes more important than they really are. Urgh! It’s depressing.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a good read, pick up a copy of Lisey’s Story. You’ll see how good books should be written: with a story, a heart, and some of the more real characters in recent fiction.
As Scott would say – SOWISA, babyluv.