On Writing review

On Writing

On Writing

On Writing is a non-fiction book by Stephen King that is divided into two parts: the first part is an autobiographical look back on some of the events that have shaped King into the author he is, the second is a series of helpful hints to authors trying to make them better authors. The second section is great, and for those who care about the grade, I give it 5/5. However, I’m concentrating on the first part.

It tells the story of young King. His childhood and ailments, his love for b-movies, and his relationship with his brother, mother, and eventually his wife Tabitha. It also chronicles his first experiences writing, and how he began drinking.

There are moments in this book that tug at the heart strings the way only genuine human drama can. My favorite moment involves King recalling he and his wife musing about how his first novel, Carrie, MIGHT get them $40,000 in paperback rights… And her reaction when they learned that the actual total would be $400,000. It gives chills thinking about it.

It also tells of his struggle with substance abuse, and how with the help of his friends and family he eventually overcame it.

It’s not only a good story, but it’s incredibly spiritual and well crafted. I would recommend it to anyone.

On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“It tells the story of young King. His childhood and ailments, his love for b-movies, and his relationship with his brother, mother, and eventually his wife Tabitha. It also chronicles his first experiences writing, and how he began drinking.”

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