Book Review: On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing is a two part book: part story, part instruction (kick in the ass) for writers.

From Amazon:

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

The book begins with a very inspiring story of King’s path to becoming the megastar writer that he is today. He goes through his childhood, young adulthood, struggles with poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, and major life change after being hit by a van. Through it all, he maintained one commonality: writing. He never stopped writing, even when he knew it wasn’t good enough or when he knew it wasn’t good at all.

The latter part of the book is a good swift kick in the pants for writers. It offers suggestions such as blowing up the TV, reading during dinnertime, and killing all your darlings. The overall message is that to be a writer, you have to read voraciously, write constantly, learn the craft, and never give up.

On Writing is a “must read” for anyone who is an aspiring author or just likes Stephen King.

king-on-writingESSENTIAL INFO:

Title:  On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Length: 320 pages

Price: $9.76 Kindle

Release Date: October 3, 2000

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE

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