Original Release Date:
July 6th, 2010
Date I Read The Book:
My Star Rating:
“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.
I’ve been a fan of Stephen King so years, since the fourth grade when I saw Children Of The Corn for the first time, Though I didn’t read any of his books until about seventh grade. I’ve read embarrassingly few: Children of the Corn, Carrie, The Long Walk, and a few others.
So when this was assigned as one of my summer reading books, I was pretty pleased. I want to be an author, and Stephen King is practically an authority on the subject.
The book is told as part autobiography, part advice, and is anecdotal thought, even when speaking about the proper use of adverbs. It makes for an interesting and helpful read, though it is quite graphic and depressing at time, (it is after all, still a Stephen King book, nonfiction genre non-withstanding).
King tells us he’s journey of writing from childhood to now, traumas, lessons learned, and all.
If you want to be a fiction writer, or just like Stephen King’s novels and have ever asked yourself some variation of “why does he write this?”, then I highly recommend this book. My only problem lied with having to annotate it for a grade, which stressed me out.