On Writing by Stephen King

Another book on Writing Memoir:  Stephen King, On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft, is as much a memoir as it is a book about writing.  Using stories of his life, starting with his childhood and continuing through his tragic accident, King shares what life is like as a writer.

He shares the good, the bad and what can sometimes be the really ugly aspects of a less than ideal childhood and of the writing life.  He shares the times when some would consider him a delinquent; the times in his life when he was definitely a hapless writer; as well as some of the incidents in his life that triggered some of his best works.   His humor is evident throughout.  He shares memories of the difficult times with so much humor that no one could ever accuse him of whining.

The first part of the book is primarily memoir.  The second part of the book is a “toolbox” of practical advice for any writer.  He presents, in a direct, non-preachy manner, a collection of great thoughts about the craft.

In the final section of the book he shares the very difficult task of recovering from his tragic accident and returning to the writing life.

I do not often read the genre that Stephen King is most noted for.  I read this book because my 14-year-old granddaughter informed me that it was a book I needed to read.  I couldn’t put it down.  Sometimes we really need to listen to the kids.


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