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How On Writing by Stephen King keeps inspiring novelist Joanna Goodman

The author of the novel The Home for Unwanted Girls shares how Stephen King's book on craft keeps her creative juices flowing.

'It's an absolute gem for all writers.'

Joanna Goodman is a fan of Stephen King's book On Writing. (Joanna Goodman, Scribner)

This interview originally aired on May 4, 2019.

Joanna Goodman is the author of the novel The Home for Unwanted Girls, which is based on a period in Quebec history when unwed mothers were forced to give their children up for adoption.

A book Goodman returns to again and again is On Writing by Stephen King.

"A book that I go back to again and again and again is On Writing by Stephen King. It sits beside my bed. Whenever I'm stuck, uninspired or haven't written in a long time, I pick up that book. I read it and it inevitably gets me back at the laptop, typing away and writing.

"It's an absolute gem for all writers."

Joanna Goodman's commented have been edited for length and clarity.


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