On Writing by Stephen King
Published August 3, 2017
- Author Stephen King
I’ve heard people rave about this book before and have kept it sitting on my Kindle bookshelf for a long while before dipping in. I’m not really in fiction writing mode at the moment, although I do have some ideas bouncing around my head. I’ve got too many hobbies as it is and I’d want to give writing a good portion of my attention.
King makes it sound so wonderful though, that it really is hard not to just fire up a word processor and get writing. This isn’t your standard “here’s how to be a writer” book, with endless exercises and tips about how you’re doing it wrong. This is more of a memoir, insight into what works for him, and how he managed to craft some of those famous works.
I love it for the simplicity - there’s advice and guidance, even a touch or two about grammar, but for the most part it is about writing for the sake of writing. The joy of it, the craft, the determination and will, and of course, the pride in the end result. Inspirational for many reasons, this book.