I recently read On Writing by Stephen King and let me tell you, YES! This piece, discussing the ins and outs of writing fiction, is incredible for any aspiring writer to partake of, and I had to encourage all of you to go read it! He walks you through the whole process of writing, yet gives the reader plenty of room to interpret things their own way. Although it is a great guide, it does not overload you with too many details or step-by-step lists of every small thing you need to do in order to successfully write a novel.
You get a sneak peek into Stephen King's journey of becoming a success in the writing world, as well as what his life looks like now. In the middle of it all, you get hefty nuggets of advice and clarity on how to go about your dream of writing. I love his main take home point which is as a writer, you must tell a story with honesty and clarity, but mostly just tell the story. This is our job as writers. What makes me love this so much, is it takes off all of the pressure of having to plot plan as well as character build before really diving into the novel. This has been my way of writing so far; to just begin telling a story, even if there is no clear beginning or end and let the moment and characters lead me. I have to say, it felt good to know I'm not the only one taking this approach with writing a novel.
I urge you to pick up this book and read what Stephen King has to say on writing. You won't regret it.
"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." -On Writing by Stephen King
So what are you waiting for? Go read and write!