Book Review: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King


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Book blurb as seen on 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.

To be honest, this book had me riveted, but it was more for the insight into the life of one of the most prolific, terrifyingly creative and famous authors of our time. Hearing about the events in his life that formed and changed him, how he got his start, the struggles and the triumphs, was truly inspirational. He is blatantly honest about himself and his influences, and unapologetic about it all. I won’t spout off about what I liked or didn’t like. Just read it. If you’re looking for the secrets to success, all you will find is a mantra for hard work. Because that is success. Yes, King gives pointers and tips and tells the reader what worked for him, but some of his advice about how to get published seems a little outdated to me. The gold was in the life of a writer playing out before you in struggles we all can relate to, and many we can’t. It will not change your life. It will not turn you into a NYBT over night, but it will give you hope for the future and advice for work ethic. If you are thinking of becoming a writer, read it. If you dream of being a writer, read it. If you are a writer, read it. It’s worth it.

My review: 4/5 stars

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