Stephen King: On Writing

On Writing


Stephen King

Five Stars!


“I was built with a love of the night and the unquiet coffin, that’s all.  If you disapprove, I can only shrug my shoulders.  It’s what I have.”  Stephen King:  On Writing, page 158.

This is the first Stephen King book I have finished, the first one I have loved.  I don’t say that to be a jerk, though I know that is a jerk thing to say.  I have always wanted to be a Stephen King fan.  I have always admired his writing career.  I sighed with relief when he survived the accident and again when it turned out to be merely a rumor that he had decided to stop writing afterwards.

I have long suspected I would like the man himself.

This book, one of the few non-fiction works of Stephen King, supported my suspicion that he is a pretty great guy.  Down to earth.  Matter of fact.  A believer of sorts.  A family man.  And best of all, a helper.  Some of his success even he does not understand.  What he does understand, he explains in this book.

The book starts as background of King’s life – including mostly parts that he believes shaped him as a writer.  Who would not want to read this book for those great stories alone??  The rest is very practical advice intertwined with the same storytelling.  I put the book down twice while I was reading – once to go to work and once to sleep.

I write about pets (well, and books, and gardening and sometimes random things that are on my mind…I can do that – it’s a blog!)  But I found everything King wrote, even though it was specifically geared to fiction writers, worth considering in my own writing.

I loved this book.  For the stories alone, I think you will too.  If you dream of being a writer, especially a fiction writer, I would start here, and continue with What’s Next as suggested in this book.

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4 Responses to “Stephen King: On Writing”

  1. Trey says:

    I absolutely loved this book as well. It was a great insight into the genius that is Stephen King, a very helpful read and at least for me it made me want to jump up and start writing after finishing it. And his list of reading material is great, I’ve read many from his list.

  2. You are well on your way Trey! I am kind of worried about reading books Stephen King likes…I like the ones on the list I have read too though!

  3. Elliott says:

    I’ve been enjoying these book reviews! I read King’s book earlier this year too and felt the same way. Are you on Goodreads? It’s been fun connecting with a few other vets there recently to share our love of reading.

    • Thank you Doc! YES, Dr. JC Burcham got me started on Goodreads and…I don’t understand it! I will try once more! In case I don’t get it, make sure to let me know what books I should not miss!

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