Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Book Review: ON WRITING by Stephen King

Title: On Writing
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Pocket
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Genre: Memoir

Description: "Long live the King" hailed "Entertainment Weekly" upon the publication of Stephen King's "On Writing." Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King's advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported near-fatal accident in 1999 -- and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, "On Writing" will empower and entertain everyone who reads it -- fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

Review: Stephen King touches upon life and writing in his On Writing.

King’s memoir will not tell a writer how to become a bestseller, but it does tell the story of how Stephen King became the writer he is. Like in the Wizard of Oz, he pulls the curtain back and reveals who he is. On Writing starts from King’s childhood to his near-fatal accident in 1999. For readers, it is a touching and memorable memoir filled with laughs, tears, shocks, and (what the King of Horror does best) horror.

For writers, King gives advice on the tools of the trade, how to learn the craft of writing, and his process. Some of his best advice comes in “read a lot and write a lot” and to create your toolbox to go with you into writing. His advice on agents is a bit antiquated in the fast-paced changes in the current publishing market, but any writer should be required to read On Writing, even as a gentle reminder on why we write.

On Writing by Stephen King is a must-read for his fans and those who want to learn a bit more about the writing process from the top in the horror field.

Four Bookworms = I really liked it!