Review - On Writing by Stephen King

The master shares his recommendations for all writers, they should pay attention

Overview – 4 stars

I found this book to be more interesting than I thought it would be. There's a lot of King’s personal thoughts about his experiences in the writing business, and what made him a writer in the first place. He covers his rough experience when he got smacked by an idiot in a van in between writing this.

(On) Writing

The majority of this book is dedicated to helping writers to work on their ‘toolbox’. He shares what works for him and is very honest about what it takes, and the business as a whole. There are tonnes of quotes used from this, some even appear as you load Goodreads. I agree with all of them (not that I'm a writer in any way but I agree with King’s theories).

Here are just a few:

you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.

The road to hell is paved with adverbs

To write is human, to edit is divine

Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that


If you've read any of King’s works you'll be familiar with the way he writes. It's no different here but the writing style is, obviously, different. It's a very easy read and the most helpful inclusion has to be the examples he includes, which he dissects and edits throughout.

King fan stuff

There was some really interesting factoids littered in this book. Stand outs for me (and I don't think this is spoiler-y since it's non-fiction):
He doesn't remember writing Cujo much, since he spent most of his time high
His idea for Misery came to him in a dream on a plane
He almost ditched the Stand, my favourite book ever
He states that he was disappointed with Insomnia




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