August 20th 2008
On Writing. A Memoir of the Craft. Stephen King. 2000. ISBN 1417647019. What a delightful book – part personal story and part a master class on writing, Steven King tells a compelling story. As well as his guiding comments you also get inside views of his stories – what prompted them , endings he tried and those he picked. As well you get insight into his long struggle back after a horrendous car accident. The man can write and if you read this work, your writing can not help but improve. He believes that every story has a nugget and the writers job is to excavate and polish that. Not a surprise, he is a fan of Strunk and White. Lesson learned for me is how long he lets a story sit after the first draft before he goes to the rewrite stage. Easy read, good pace and enjoyable on a plane or cruise.
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