On Writing by Stephen King

Here is my review of On Writing as I promised here.

I know that he’s written a bajillion books, but I don’t think I’ve ever read any of Stephen King’s work before this book.  I don’t care to read horror fiction and his It miniseries on TV soured me to his work.  After all that cool build up it was a stupid spider?!

Shortly after I secured the domain name for this website I figured out that writing was a big part of it and that it would be worth my time to try and improve.  A quick search lead me to recommendations for On Writing so I thought I’d give it a shot.

It’s a short fast reading book that made me laugh many times.  Of course there is good information on how to write but King wraps it in the story of his life, saving the reader from a dry textbook experience.  Even if I didn’t learn a thing from the book,  I would still want to read it for the fun of it and I bet you will too.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who can stand a few cuss words.

Do you have any other books on writing that you’d recommend?


3 thoughts on “On Writing by Stephen King

  1. I’m not interested in writing so I don’t have anything to say there but I love Stephen King. I read my first SK novel in 7th grade – Salem’s Lot. I remember reading IT in 11th grade and it scared me so much I didn’t read another one of his books for a long time. I also remember liking one of his short story collections – Skeleton Crew – a lot. The story Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut has always stuck with me.
    I remember enjoying the film version of his book Misery (i believe Kathy Bates won an oscar for her performance). Other films from his books that I liked were Stand by Me (based on The Body), The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile (nominated for some academy awards I think) and Dolores Claiborne.

  2. So wait – you are telling me that a big spider scared you?

    You do have some valid points. Stand By Me and The Green Mile are some of my favorite movies. Shawshank was a goodie too. SK’s style of writing is great. Very easy to read and just the right amount of description.

    Being the reader that you are, you should definitely read On Writing. I will give you a money-back guarantee that you’ll like it. Just be sure to check the book out from the library. 🙂

  3. are you telling the librarian to check it out from the library? You crack me up!

    OK, I read IT….um….22 years ago maybe. I only remember a clown. I vaguely remember a spider now that you mention it. 🙂

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