“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”
― Stephen King, Different Seasons
“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.”
“The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.”
– Stephen King
Now I am not comparing my writing with that of Stieg Larsson since I’ve not read his novels. However, my story is akin to his trilogy surrounding ward of the state, Lisbeth. I know this because I’ve seen the film THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and the film THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. I’ve also picked up a copy of a Larsson novel to read a short selection before putting the book back on the shelf. I put it back on the shelf, not because I didn’t like the little I read; but because I’m attempting to finish two books written by friends.
I also want to re-read Stephen King’s THE STAND, his masterpiece.