Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Review: On Writing


Stephen King's On Writing is broken into three parts, actually four, but the middle two sections deal with a similar concept, and each section is truly worth reading through. Maybe even twice, for a few people.


The beginning section is an autobiography. No hiding that. Here the reader can learn about the slightly tumultuous life of King and see how a household name began. Leaning a bit on the egotistical side? Perhaps, thankfully King is such an entertaining writer that it never feels indulgent. By the half-way mark it's even damn near inspiring. The career of a writer is neither glorious or exciting, just hard and busy work.


Once the middle section is reached, King offers his advice on the working nature of writing. His "toolbox" that is perfectly described is brought to the forefront. Many important aspects of the craft he talks about and dissects, obviously through time worn experience. The best kind of experience. Aspiring writers take notes, put them in a binder, and review, because this advice will do a world of good. Other more knowledgeable writers may still want to gander about these pages. King's history with the creation of his "toolbox" will at least stir some flames of passion while reading.


Closing the book off I king's recollection of his accident and his life following that event. A nice human look to a name printed on the cover of many well read books.


Yes, there are little extra bits in the text that I haven't covered, but let's save some time and get to the end of this. On Writing is fantastic. An informative and easy to read, heart felt, inspiring, and just damn good book.