Friday, February 15, 2008

2008 Book 12: On Writing

Book #:12
Book Title:On Writing
Author:Stephen King
Publisher:Pocket Books
Pub. Date:2000
Started:Sometime in November 2007
Finished:February 15, 2008
Time to Read:A Long Time!
Back Cover / Inside Flap:"'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 never does anything half-assed. Back in November, I felt as if my own creative writing was in the toilet. I've loved to write all of my life - any form of writing, really. But despite having (at the time) 4 WIPs, I wasn't making significant progress on anything. I needed a kick in the butt and I needed it in a big way. So I marched out to the bookstore, bought a journal to use to keep track of my writing, and bought this wonderful book to read.

Now, I'll admit, it took me forever to read this book. Mostly because I read many other books along the way, took on a huge content writing project, had guests, had more guests, and just procrastinated in general. But I moved through a little of this book at a time and got value all along the way.

Honestly, I'm not sure if I enjoyed the first part or the second part more. At the beginning, King writes about his early childhood, early forays into writing, and then works his way through his career. The latter part dispenses more valuable writing and publishing advice than I believe can be found anywhere else. My pen was out at all times, and my book is marked with underline after underline.

Whether you just like King as a writer or you aspire to be a writer yourself, go pick up this gem!!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


1 comment:

The Mama Bear said...

I have been considering this book, so I value your feedback on it.