On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Conor reviews Stephen King's book where he shares his insights into the craft of writing.
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Stephen King says this is not an autobiography, but more of a CV to show how he was formed into the writer he is today. The first section of the book focuses on his few memories of his childhood and those of his later life. The second part of the book is made up of advice for the aspiring writer, including how to get an agent, the best way to edit a draft, and what to avoid using while writing. Nearer to the end, he gives us the details of the accident in 1999 that almost killed him; the day a van hit him while he was out walking, and how he recovered from that.
The advice given includes which parts of speech to avoid, the shiftiness of plot, and his personal method for sitting down and writing, and is reinforced by various experiences of his and excerpts from other books and several passages of his own creation.
Using an excerpt from one if his short stories, 1408, King shows us exactly how he edited it and gives us explanations as to why he took out and added what he did.
Honest and to the point, On Writing is filled with practical advice for anyone who wants to write. There is nothing surplus about this book; it buckles down, grabs you by the shoulders and shouts the words into your ear. But in a good way.