K is for King (A Book Review)

I pulled a book off my shelf a few weeks ago. It’s called On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King. I’d read it once before for one of my Master’s classes, but it had been a few years. I decided to re-read it and enjoyed it just as much as the second time. The opening section reads as an autobiography, where King talks about his childhood and his writing. The second part is a technical, informative, and largely enjoyable read about the craft of writing, with a strong focus on fiction writing. Some really excellent advice is found here for all writers: If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.  (p 145)  The final section of the book refocuses on King and his continuing journey as a writer. I highly recommend this book, even if you’re not a fan of King’s usual work. (I am not, with the exception of The Shining) It’s well written and entertaining. And if you are having trouble with the reading a lot advice that King gives, this is a good book with which to start.

Here’s a link to the book on amazon:


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