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