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Stephen King reflects on how his writing has helped him through difficult times and describes various aspects of the art of writing.
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Thought I don't think Stephen King is a "great" writer, and this book definitely illustrates that, he is a masterful storyteller who can make his readers understand what he's trying to say. On Writing is so helpful to the potential writer because it shows what the life of a writer is truly like.

I also was interested to learn that King moved a lot as a kid. I did too, and I wonder if it's affected my ability to write at all or not. ( )
  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
I've had this book on my "To Read" stack for 20 years. According to the bookmark in it, the last time I tried (how long ago is anybody's guess) I got exactly 103 pages in, just enough to finish his "C.V." section which is like an abbreviated autobiography, giving us enough stories from his childhood, adolescence and early adulthood to paint a picture of a creative kid who literally (sorry, I mean: figuratively) had stories falling out of his head and onto paper, destined for a career as a writer. He doesn't shy away from painful subjects like his substance abuse or his darker days early on when he despaired. I think the point he was trying to get us to understand was that perseverance is the key to success. Or at least one of them.

Shame I stopped there. The good stuff started on the next page. That's when he gave us his thoughts on the craft. The tools he uses. How he uses them. Rules. Do's and Do Nots. Examples. Stories of how he's applied these rules himself. Truly some gems in there. I'd say to any aspiring writer: you must read this book. Even if you're not a Stephen King fan, well, okay, skip the first 103 pages if you don't really care about his own story. But read the 181 pages that come after that. In there is gold waiting to be mined by anyone who wants to try writing themselves. Steve says in here that these rules can turn an average writer into a good writer. Specifically he says this:

"Writers form themselves into the pyramid we see in all areas of human talent and human creativity. At the bottom are the bad ones. Above them is a group which is slightly smaller but still large and welcoming; these are the competent writers. The next level is much smaller. These are the really good writers. Above them—above almost all of us—are the Shakespeares, the Faulkners, the Yeatses, Shaws, and Eudora Weltys. They are geniuses, divine accidents, gifted in a way which is beyond our ability to understand, let alone attain.

I am approaching the heart of this book with two theses, both simple. The first is that good writing consists of mastering the fundamentals (vocabulary, grammar, the elements of style) and then filling the third level of your toolbox with the right instruments. The second is that while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one." (Page 141)

I'd like to be a good writer one day. I plan on revising this book again (and perhaps again) to make sure I have the tools necessary to make that leap. ( )
  invisiblelizard | Sep 22, 2021 |
I learned a lot about Stephen King with this book and also had what can be described as a class about writing with the funniest teacher.
Beware of mild spoilers for Carrie and The Stand. ( )
  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
The life story of Stephen King, done and dusted.

And boy, I love this guy. He seems like my sibling, elder and experienced.

Loved his writing style, like the book and leaving with some lessons... One of them being "Kill the darlings". ( )
  abhijeetkumar | Aug 22, 2021 |
I didn't find the writing instruction particularly helpful or surprising. Most of his process and advice is common sense. That said, it is interesting to hear how such a prolific and popular writer works. The biggest take away from this book is how genuine and likeable the author turns out to be. It's nice to know that a good guy has achieved so much success with his work. ( )
  ProfH | Aug 8, 2021 |
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This book is dedicated to Amy Tan, who told me in a very simple and direct way that it was okay to write it.
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I was stunned by Mary Karr's memoir, The Liar's Club.
[Foreword] In the early nineties (it might have been 1992, but it's hard to remember when you're having a good time) I joined a rock-and-roll band composed mostly of writers.
[Second Foreword] This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit.
[Third Foreword] One rule of the road not directly stated elsewhere in this book: "The editor is always right."
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"I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs and I will shout it from the rooftops."
"... there is a huge difference between story and plot. Story is honorable and trustworthy; plot is shifty and best kept under house arrest." (page 170)
(p79) Look — here's a table covered with a red cloth. ... Do we see the same thing? We'd have to get together and compare notes to make absolutely sure, but I think we do. There will be necessary variations, of course: some receivers will see a cloth which is turkey red, some will see one that's scarlet, while others may see still other shades. ... and a cat with an 8, clearly marked on its back in blue ink ... This is what we're looking at, and we all see it. I didn't tell you. You didn't ask me. I never opened my mouth and you never opened yours. We're not even in the same year together, let alone the same room ... except we are together. We're close. We're having a meeting of the minds.
(p102) The object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story ...
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