Book Review: On Writing by Stephen King

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Recommend to writers everywhere!

I have a confession!

*whispers softly, hand cupped around my mouth*

I’ve never read a Stephen King book before. I’ve never been a fan of horror, and I’ve always associated the section of my library where King resided as the Dark Side of the library (quite literally). However I have known quite a few people who love Stephen King, and I can say this: those who love him, really love him. A lot. I can now understand why.

He is easy to read, and after having had him explain his process for the last nearly 300 pages, he is good at what he does. He gets a first draft done on average in three months!!! His are NOT short books either. He details both his personal journey to becoming the writer he is today and some of the tools he believes make good writers; tools he hopes any aspiring writer will put in his or her own toolbox. For a book about writing, it is actually quite gripping. I think even if you aren’t a writing nerd, he will make you wish you had that same magic that good writers have.

Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with books on writing. It is fascinating to delve into the mind of another writer and see where your own journey is similar and perhaps where it is different. But sometimes I have a hard time not feeling short when nudging up against someone else’s yardstick. (Especially when its such a prolific and successful yardstick.) This one weighed a bit more on the love side, even though I still had some of those “man, I’m not doing this right” moments.

Maybe one of these days, I’ll pick up one of King’s less scary books and see how it goes. Happy reading, Everyone!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can find my To Be Read page here. Please, if you have any future reading suggestions, leave me a comment. 😄

6 thoughts on “Book Review: On Writing by Stephen King

  1. I confess I’ve never read him either. Not a fan of horror. (I thoroughly enjoyed the “Shawshank Redemption” movie, however). This book on the writing craft looks good. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  2. This is a good, quick review Katie. I like your language (“dark side of the library,” “quite gripping,” “prolific.. yardstick”). Good pace, easy read. I don’t like overused exclamation points, though.
    For me, having chatted and played softball with him, and knowing where his accident happened (plus I once met the guy that hit him), give Stephen a clear and personable voice. And suddenly make me realize I’m quite biased!


    • Haha, this made me laugh. I DO overuse exclamation points, especially in my personal voiced writing 😄

      There’s nothing wrong with being biased. We all have our favorites, and there’s the personal connection so that’s hard to resist. It was a good suggestion, and I enjoyed it. Thank you.

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