“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. 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 his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from the struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 – and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it–fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
(Synopsis from July 2010 Scribner edition; cover photo from goodreads.com)
The first time I came across Stephen King’s On Writing a few of my students (a few years ago) were using it for their online English college class. A couple of them asked if they could use it for the book review papers, and I agreed. I also came across the title a few times as I was browsing through different book lists, and soon enough On Writing earned a spot on my TBR list. Continue reading