Book Review : On Writing Stephen King, A memoir of the craft

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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I used to adore Stephen king’s book when I was younger, I have this very refined memory of gifting my crush a Stephen King book! He never read it, we’ve been dating for four years now, I am still really bitter.
Though I grew out of Stephen King phase a few years back, reading this book was kind of bittersweet.

The first big segment is more of a memoir where we go through his life and how he went about writing. There are these adorable stories that talk about his brother, his wife, his mom and everything.

Tabby has a way of tilting her chin down when she smiles—it makes her look both wise and severely cute. She did that then, I remember, and said, “Besides, I like bears.”

Then we move on to some brilliant writing advice. Some of which I was very uncomfortable with–like the point where he talks about how to avoid writing plot. The others are pure gold, something that I would always have at the back of my mind from this point on.

Good writing is often about letting go of fear and affectation. Affectation itself, beginning with the need to define some sorts of writing as “good” and other sorts as “bad,” is fearful behaviour.

Overall, I loved this book! It was something that I would go back to and read again.


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