In "On Writing" Stephen King shares his experience as a writer and his thoughts on the craft in a fashion as engaging as his fiction. We begin where he began, a childhood filled with comical and sometimes painful memories. He tells us of his love for monster movies and magazines and tells us how he first started writing fiction. We are fascinated by stories of his attempts at publication and his struggles to support his family, as we too often forget that successful people always start somewhere. By the time he has his first taste of success, we feel like we know him making his advice in the second part of the book all the more impactful. King shares practical advice about what works for him creatively, frequently including examples (by himself and other famous authors) to help illuminate points about writing from how to structure a paragraph to developing plot and characters. I highly recommend this book, even if one never plans to write. It is well paced, heartwarming, and informative.
The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.