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Stephen King: On Writing

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

On Writing

by

Stephen King

Five Stars!

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“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.