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  • Really good

    Stephen King is one of the great storytellers of our time - and this book on his history and his process of writing is just a treat, especially for fans, interested in writing. It's a great read with many essential tips of what to do (and not do) when you're writing your own work.

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  • Excellent and motivating read

    I like to read about writing. And this book does exactly that, and more.

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  • One look at the writer's life.

    Part memoir – a CV of sorts that explains what drives him to write – and part collection of tips on the art of writing and the life of a writer, this book demystifies what it truly is to be an author. The first time I read this book I took copious notes, drinking in the wisdom of someone who had been writing – successfully for the most part – his whole life. When I read it again – this time as a published author myself – I smiled and nodded each time a pearl of wisdom was shared. If you can get through his very direct way of telling his life story and his views on writing (profanity and all), you can learn a lot from this book. There are many quotable lines in this book, words that can inspire writers on any part of the journey. My favourite quote: “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” Aspiring writers – and writers in general – can do a lot worse than read this memoir on the craft.

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  • Amazing!

    I usually don’t read non-fiction that much. When I do, it’s usually because it’s a book that collects essays or something like that written by an author I like or a biography of some rock band I also like. Other types of non-fiction really just pass me by most of the time. This is just to give you a glimpse of what I feel about that kind of book. “On Writing” was a book I just had to read, not only because it's written by an author I like, who can be seen as a rock superstar, but also because the theme is really interesting to me: writing. “Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” Stephen KingS's division of the book in different parts is clever and makes you want to keep reading. The first part tells us about his early life and his personal experience as he started writing. It’s really good to see how one of the greatest horror writers started, what influenced him, and the mistakes he made along the way – not only his successes. Then comes the technical part of the book, as King describes the tools one, in his opinion, needs to write. I won’t get in too much detail about those tools, I’ll just say that each thing he mentions is backed by personal examples that come from his own body of work most of the time. He continues on talking about the most practical part of writing such as proofing, editing, and finding an agent and publisher. King finishes this part by using his story “1408”, which he present as a rough first draft and then as a revised version, showing us all the cuts and edits we've been told how to do. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.” The last chapter of the book is the most personal to a certain degree. In it we are told about the accident that almost took his life and the changes to his writing after that day. For me, the most important thing on this book is that it is in no way a “This is how you become a writer” book. It’s a “This is how I became a writer and the stuff I do” book. My first choice of word here wasn’t stuff, it was another word started with an “s”, and I just didn’t use it because this is a review and not creative writing. But, as it's mentioned in the book, the first word you think of is always the most appropriate one. This is not only a book for someone who wants to be a writer. It’s also not just a book about how Stephen King writes It’s a book about books and how they come into being. It’s a book about life. As he says “Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.”

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