On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King

A 4*

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”

Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

I bought this book because I always seek ways to learn more about the craft of writing and a guide from the best horror writer of our times is an absolute must for any who calls him/herself a writer.

I expected more of the book to be on writing, given the title of the book, but, instead, there was less than 40% of the book that actually concerned writing and any tips given by Stephen King. Instead, it was more of a memoir, still interesting but not exactly what I was searching for.

Even though the large part of it was a memoir, it was still interesting and entertaining. In the perfect way, Stephen King knows how to tell a story and get the reader engaged in it until the last page.

The advices given by Stephen King are short and precise, telling what should one do, how, and why, in a few simple sentences. And those are some great advices, that everyone who’ve done some educational reading on the subject or studied writing knows. Such things as limited usage of adverbs, precise description, the importance of just writing, day after day.

There is also this opinion that is mentioned that the great authors are born that way, and I am not sure if I agree with it or not. But in itself, the book gives tips and tools (for your own personal writer’s toolbox) to make the books you write better.

All in all, for all those who love Stephen King’s books and who search for the next book to read which could help them with their craft, this is a must.

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