Book Review: Stephen King on writing

Stephen King: On writing

Non fiction

There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as ‘the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature’, Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.

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 the 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. (Bio from Amazon)

My verdict:

This book is essential for any writer, part biography and part handbook, King is straight to the point. His memories are so vivid that you feel that your growing up with King. He’s frank about the publishing industry and the pressure it can put you under. His advice is concrete and along with his sarcastic sense of human, it makes an enjoyable read not like the other ‘how to write’ manuals which come across as stuffy and pretentious – King doesn’t sugarcoat or take any bullshit and that’s what you need in this industry, the hide of an alligator..


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Stephen King on writing

  1. Read this ages ago. For me Stephen King’s books are like Marmite. I love them or hate them but that’s just my opinion I know plenty who love all. He is a great writer and I keep meaning to reread this book

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