I have read one Stephen King novel. I liked it until the very end, when I discovered that his ending was not what I would have wanted. Books can be like that. Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible could have ended before the end when we learned what happened to the family after they fled. I didn't need that closure. I liked the raw wondering (except it wasn't the end, but I would have stopped it there).
Because I want to move to the next stage of writing, meaning getting published, I read more and more editors, agents, and writing advice columnists. Most people point aspiring writers to Stephen King's On Writing. I got a copy. I fought with my husband over who got to read it at night. Usually, he won as I had my own writing to do and he's in a slow spot.
If you write anything, read this book. I find it fabulous. I don't want to put it down as the advice is clear, presented in an entertaining manner, and useful. Then, I put the book on the nightstand and write. That's what the book has done for me--made me want to write as fast as I can. Yes, kids, the house, and the leaking tub get in the way. Yet, I am inspired again to write.
If you need a tool to get you writing or to improve your mindset about writing, buy this book or find it in the library. While you are there, you might want to pick up a used copy of Warriner's English Composition and Grammar. Stephen King recommends it. Grammar is not difficult to learn. He gives you great reasons why you can learn it. Oops, The Elements of Style, get one of those, too.