On Writing by Stephen King



I was recommended this book by a few people– I think Nadia even told me to read it but I can’t remember 🙂

This is about 300 pages and as it says in the title, it is a memoir of the craft.  This is important to keep in mind as you read this, since it is definitely not an instruction manual. However, it is incredibly useful.

The beginning of the book King talks about his upbringing and how it shaped him as far as his writing. Then, he talks about building a toolbox and writing about what you know. He provides great insights and a fun, energetic writing style that kept me interested.

He talks about his love of the craft and essentially the message I walked away with was, if you don’t love writing or want to write– don’t bother. Makes sense for a book on writing.

As I reach the midway point in my draft of a novel, this helped provide a bit of encouragement and a few suggestions about next steps once the draft is complete.

If you’re writing, or trying to write, or thinking of writing, I found this to be a very optimistic and entertaining book on writing. Highly recommend. Plus, King obviously is successful, and therefore credible, which helps for sure.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

2 comments on “On Writing by Stephen King”

  1. Another great book on the craft of writing–and I have to admit I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on the list. I’m also theoretically mid-way through the first draft of a novel, and if I didn’t have to do so much writing I’d have more time to read books about how to write!! Actually, it is extremely important, I think, to lift one’s head from the writing one does to read what people like King have to say about the process–that there’s hope!

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    1. I read it in 3 days it was really quick- towards the end he has some good resources for publishing that I hadn’t known about, which I imagine will be helpful.

      He writes 2000 words a day and I’ve been doing 1000, so I guess I’m half a King haha – I’m kidding – but it’s nice to read about other habits and sensibilities about writers. I’m not crazy about his work but I know he’s great at the craft – it actually makes me want to read more of his stuff now having a little more back story to go with it!


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