On Writing by Stephen King



I found King’s memoir on the craft of writing On Writing more inspirational than instructional though he does spend quite a bit of time addressing the deadly overuse of the adverb (ah, there’s one now) in beginning writer’s work.  Reading about King’s struggles to write and to publish amidst his struggles to live serve to remind writers that we can overcome the challenges we face in life and use them to inform our writing.  King fans interested in how writers work, find motivation, and especially in King’s life will find On Writing interesting.  King doesn’t try to pretend his life – the good and the bad – is anything other than what it is.  His honesty is disarming.  Enough so it may capture some new fans for King’s fiction.  Writers and readers a lot can get something from On Writing.

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