This is definitely more On Reading than On Writing, but still...it totally relates, promise!
For Christmas this year, my fabulous hubs got me Stephen King's new book, Under the Dome. As a fan of Stephen King, (have I mentioned I have everything he's every written?), I was so far from disappointed that I was...well, ecstatic. It was King at his best, right up there with The Stand, Lisey's Story, and The Dark Tower series.
As a writing, I inspired. Under the Dome is an example of King at his finest, in character development, plot, pacing, and conclusion. It's eerie how totally he gets the small town mentality, and takes it to such deep, dark places. Places I have no problem seeing; I could totally see the town I live in now paralleling his story.
And that's what I want to write. That reality, but in the richest form possible. The type of writing that takes you past the surface, and into the deep. The kind of writing which may have come from the Myth Pool, or the Language Pool, to steal one of King's more magnificent concepts...which I understand he learned from a teacher very early on.
If you haven't read Under the Dome yet, what are you waiting for?! Just to tempt you, here's the awesome cover art:
You can only see half of it here, so click on the picture to see the awesomeness in it's entirety.