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  • Jul 13, 2010

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 just trying to explain how he perceives the art of writing and his tips to those who also love participating in the craft. The reader is treated to some flashbacks and biographical information about the author, but he weaves those anecdotes into the story with direct correlation to the chapters prominent writing technique point. I have a Bachelors Degree in English so on my path towards graduation I took many writing courses which confront the pure mechanics and process of writing; many of these classes turn out to be more confusing than helpful because it can get boring and drab. King understands how to lay ideas down on a broad and understandable level where anyone can make a connection and grab a hold of it. He has a way of making the reader feel that they are sitting not at a desk being taught ,but subconsciously learning threw a casual conversation with that favorite Uncle that the entire family enjoys to invite to dinner.

Whether you are a novice writer, seasoned professional, or just wanting an informative read, “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” will satisfy your appetite for information on the timeless art that is writing.


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January 07, 2011
Nice review, Ryan! And great to see that it has the approval of an English major ;) Thanks for sharing!
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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. 
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ISBN-10: 0743455967 (MM pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780743455961 (MM pbk.)
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Pocket (July 1, 2002)
Date Published: (July 1, 2002)
Format: Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages, Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
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