I think I first started reading his books during my mid teenage years. I devoured them. To say I loved them was an understatement. I just couldn’t get enough.

I think much to my mother’s relief, nothing out of the ordinary came of me with respect reading Stephen King books. She never did say anything, but I guess some of the covers must have made her worry. Nevertheless, it was the beginning of a period in my life where I read, and read, and read. Books were everything to me. I gobbled them up.

So, from the point of view of writing, and becoming a better writer, the best pieces of advice going around are the following:

1. Firstly, and I quote the great man himself: ‘If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time – or the tools – to write. Simple as that.’ – Stephen King.

Read a lot. And then some. It’ll guide you as a writer, take you in directions and show you things you’d probably never have gone otherwise. Learn from the greats. Remember …. they became great for a reason.

2. Secondly, from the highly respected Neil Gaiman: ‘When people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right.’

Put simply, pay heed to the comments that come your way. If you hear the same ones over and over again, you’ll know something’s not right.

Kurt Wilkesmann
Literary agent for foreign markets