Stephen King: On Writing

by Rachel Baker on October 29, 2007

I’ve read several biographies, journals and letters on and by writers to acquire insight into how they went about the writing process. Recently, I read “On Writing” by Stephen King. I’m a big Stephen King fan, and it only seemed appropriate to delve into his thoughts on writing.

Stephen King doesn’t take you through the baseball-player-like routines and superstitions of how to be a successful writer. Instead, he tells you about the moments in his life that caused the birth of a new story. On Writing is as much auto-biography as it is a “Tool Kit” for writers. Included in this great book is a reading list, writing assignments, a corrected story, and honest advice on plot and character, the basic building block of the paragraph, and literary models to look at and learn from.

On Writing is a Stephen King classic on a diet – light reading, deliciously humorous, and satisfyingly insightful.

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