On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft–Stephen King

I want to make babies with this book. This book is perfection!!! Normally Stephen King scares the hell out of me, so I avoid his books. But this is, obviously, not one of those books. It’s about his experience with writing and what he thinks you should take into consideration for your own writing.

He’s funny as hell. That kind of surprised me, I know it shouldn’t, he’s a brilliant writer and I’ve liked what he’s written in the past even if I have to sleep with the light on, a stuffed animal in my arms, and my dog laying next to me.

As a person who considers herself only part-writer (I have a lot of tools in my utility belt.) I was more than happy to be the recipient of this gift. My friend gave it to me proclaiming that it was something along the lines of a gift from the writer Gods.

(It is. Stephen King wrote it for Christsake. If J.K. Rowling wrote something similar I would immediately be a puddle.)

Anyway, this was awesome. This was fantastic. This was any adjective you can think of that’s positive.

The advice he gives is sound. I took a lot away from this. (Except not to over use adjectives apparently haha)

The biggest thing I took away from this was to speak the truth. Whether it’s the truth of your characters voice or the truth of the story. Say it how it comes out because your first instinct is usually the right one. (And anything that sounds off, you can always fix in editing, just go with your gut and not interrupt yourself for your first draft. Spelling and grammar can be sorted out later.)

Absolutely read this if you are struggling with your own writing because he just wraps you up in a warm blanket of accuracy and love that is nice.

Read it.

Constant vigilance.

4 thoughts on “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft–Stephen King

  1. The first time I ever picked this book up, I was twelve years old. It changed my life forever.

    From then on I always wanted to be a writer.

  2. I loved this book also. I love reading his books. Although in ‘On Writing,’ I thought that Stephen King sounded a bit up himself. I don’t know whether it was just the way I was reading it or the fact that he is so famous that he has gone to his head a bit.

    • I actually found him quite humble in this, maybe that was just because I’m thinking of when he was talking about his self doubt throughout writing Carrie and stuff like that. The ultimate ‘Look at me, look at me’ book I’ve read was Dan Browns ‘The Lost Symbol’. So even if Stephen was like ‘I’m great! I’m awesome! This is how much money I’ve made!” I’d still be like yeah, yeah, but you didn’t make that obvious in your story telling of a fictional book. Dan was very ‘Hey remember that time I wrote a bunch of great books?” and that really showed in his writing. (And I’m a big fan of Dan, and have only read a few Stephen King books haha)

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