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On Writing - A Memoir of the Craft By Stephen King

May 6, 2018

Week 18 of  2018 Reading Challenge 'A Celebrity Memoir' 


Let’s face it, Stephen King is a celebrity and a god in the literary world, whether you want to admit it or not, so when I stumbled across this book, I felt like I hit the jackpot.  It gave me the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, the topic of the week and a writing lesson from one of the most celebrated authors of all time.





This book begins and ends as a memoir, taking you on a short journey from childhood, adolescence, money struggles, drug addiction, a near fatal accident and into the present successes. The middle of the book is reserved for the ‘toolbox,’ the section which gives you all the right information to assist you in becoming a fantastic writer.


For anybody out there who is on their writing journey or a newbie like me, I highly recommend that you read this book. The information provided is not genre specific, and you do not need to be a Stephen King fan to enjoy it or benefit from it.


If your not a writer and just looking for a compelling memoir, then this book is for you too. Don’t be scared it will be bogged down with tedious information that only applies to writers. It's not like that at all. ‘On Writing’ is an easy read that flows beautifully and gives you an insight into the personal life of a quirky and creative man. And you’re here because you like reading. At the end of the book is quite an extensive list of books that Mr. King recommends you read.


Upon finishing i noticed Mr. King and I share some of the same opinions.


-You need to read a lot and write a lot to perfect your writing

-Writers workshops are a waste of time

-Plotting is pointless. Our lives are not plotted out, so why should your characters be? Let them be spontaneous.


Other things he touches on are grammar, character building, use of adverbs, passive voice, dialogue and info dumps or flashbacks.


Although this book is harshly realistic in some parts, it hasn’t deterred me from writing. If anything I feel more inspired. After all, I'm doing it for the right reasons.


‘Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.

Stephen King.’


If you are looking for a book that’s informative, entertaining, funny, honest, will make you curse and perhaps tear up at one point as I did then go and buy this book.



Are you an aspiring writer? What books have you read to help perfect your craft?







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