Stephen King has done it again--not in the genre of horror, but in the areas of inspiration and education. I am not a Stephen King fan. In fact, I have never read one of his books, but On Writing is one of the most down-to-earth, empowering, liberating and unique books that I have ever read on writing. It is a perfect combination of an inspirational biography combined with a how to write manual. This book is so multi-functional; it could easily be placed in the motivational area of a bookstore or library; as well as academic. Who better to inspire and teach on writing, but someone who is great at and famous for it! In this book, Stephen King shares how his life journey has been a catalyst for him to write and keep writing. He is very naked and not ashamed about the journey that has lead to his stardom. He makes good use of his life challenges both personally and professionally to motivate and teach. Instead of allowing the adversities of life cripple him--he chose the high road and allowed them to empower him! On Writing is motivational and educational for writers and an invitation for anyone who has ever dreamed of writing. In an essence, this book encourages and empowers writers at any level to rise above the situation and circumstances that threatened to hold them back. Stephen King did not despise his small beginnings. He wrote his first two novels in the washroom of a mobile home. He kept at it! And it paid off! This is a must read for aspiring authors.
I've always admired the writing of Stephen King. He is the type of writer that everyone has heard of and everyone will like at least one book written by him. I think that this book could even be enjoyed by those who haven’t really read Kings work. After reading Stephen Kings “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” I am convinced that anyone who writes themselves should read this book. King doesn’t dance around any subjects and stays straight online … more
Stephen King is one of the most well known writers in the world. It's almost impossible not to be connected to Stephen King in some way. He has written more than fifty books, such as The Stand, It, Salem's Lot and The Shining. And many of his works have been made into motion pictures such as The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me (titled "The Body" and can be found in Different Seasons) and 1408. With an author who has as much acclaim as Stephen … more
While this isn't the best book in the world for writers, it is one of the homiest, most honest, most down-to-earth one you will find. While King may have developed verbal diarrhea in many of his later novels, this book is very focused and has that one-on-one feel that King is so famous for. There's much more to this book other than "how to write a story". King touches on his personal life, his struggles as an adolescent, a college student, a young husband and father, and … more
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About this book
On Writing is a book by Stephen King that is written in three parts. In the first part, King gives readers a glimpse into his past by taking them through memories which helped shape him as a writer. In the second part, he gives the reader a crash course in learning how to write. He dives into topics such as character development, theme, dialog, description and several other topics. In the last part he talks about his accident and the effect it had on him and his writing.
The book has been received very well by critics and fans alike.