“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.
Stephen King’s On Writing is akin to sitting down for coffee with a good friend and discussing the craft of writing.
On Writing is largely memoir, over a third of the book dedicated to relating the story of how King became a writer and the addictions that almost ended his career. The rest of the book relays what King knows of both the business aspect of writing as well as the craft of writing. While he offers several key ideas about how to write well—read and write voraciously, get rid of adverbs and trim dialogue tags, etc—he doesn’t delve deeply into instruction but rather refers the reader to several different manuals and guides.
Personal and thoughtful, On Writing is an insightful, enjoyable read from one of the most recognized names in fiction.