Stephen King-A Review Of His Book-On Writing

A Memoir Of The Craft

A recommended read for all writers of any genre. This book will keep you glued to your seat, particularly if you enjoy writing and want to learn more about the craft from the master himself.
A recommended read for all writers of any genre. This book will keep you glued to your seat, particularly if you enjoy writing and want to learn more about the craft from the master himself. | Source

Stephen King-The Author

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I have read a good number of books in my lifetime, but I have found few that have entertained and fascinated me as much as "on writing-a memoir of the craft." This book published circa 2000 by Stephen King is an excellent tool that all writers should not be without. Whether your a novice or the seasoned professional, this book should be added to the writers bookshelf. It is definitely a must read for the up and coming writer. Stephen King is without a doubt the master of horror novels and similar genre; but in his book, on writing he also highlights some important information about the craft, that all writers can only benefit from. And he accomplishes this, not only in an understandable and commanding tone, but also one that adds a twist of humor to it as well.

Books from authors like Nelson Demille, James Patterson and James Cameron, are the works ethat I usually find myself reading to help pass the time by, during a long cold winters day. It's not that I do not enjoy Stephen King as a person or author, because I do. In fact he is not only a very interesting and humorous individual, as you will see after your read his book. But also one that had a somewhat tough upbringing with his younger brother. These facts are also touched upon within-"On writing-a memoir of the craft" Stephen King certainly gives the reader two-hundred and eighty pages of eyeball-gluing pages. He adds a bit of a biographical background about his younger years and how he moved around a lot with his folks, causing a somewhat disrupted and uprooted childhood. And as briefly mentioned Mr. King ties it all in with humor and excellent writing tips. In fact I never knew Stephen King to be a humorous individual. When I started thumbing through the first two or three pages of this book, it was difficult to hold back a chuckle.

This is one non-fiction book, that you must pick-up. Sure go ahead and read...Full Dark No Stars-the Langoliers, the girl who loved Tom Gordon and Bag of Bones, which is my favorite aside from on writing. These fictional works from Stephen King are also worth the reading, even if you're not a Stephen King fan. To add I am not really a fan either, basically because I honestly do not enjoy many horror stories written today, or find them to be very entertaining. But as the old saying goes..."Whatever floats your boat", or "To each his own!"

There are many other types of fiction out there, that each and everyone will have a preference for. Bag of Bones on the other hand, was what I call a low profile horror story if you will. Or lets put it this way-what I call the mild-mannered, romantic ghost story. So while its now fresh on your mind, do yourself a favor-go online and download a copy of on writing and refer to it from time to time. Pick it up while you are suffering from writers block, or simply just short on words. I recently downloaded it into a PDF format file, than transferred it over to my nook study reader, courtesy of Barnes and Noble. Nook study and Kindle are downloadable digital ereaders that can be downloaded to the desktop of your pc.

These digital e-readers will enhance your reading experience of this and other books. Overall, it will make your reading experience a more enjoyable one. And believe it or not, this modern technology will not cost you a cent for downloading it onto your computer. However nothing compares to having the real mckoy either in hard or soft cover edition, nestled upon your lap. Lets face it, all of us here on Hubpages share one thing in common and that's writing. Whether it's writing romantic stories, poetry, self-help, or about medical related topics. Whatever! we are all here to learn, teach one another and interact in one way or another, sharing thought and ideas. Writing is an ongoing process and on writing by Stephen King, will continue to hone your writing skills in more ways than one. I'm sure you will not be disappointed, but will only be further convinced, once you pick it up and can't put it down. Happy reading!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I loved this book! As an avid Steven King and Richard Bachman reader, I was quite surprised with his serious side. He offers a lot of great insight and tips for writers. I agree that this book should be in every author's bookcase! Great Hub! Voting up and sharing.

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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hello Matthew:

Thanks for the insightful comments. Just finished publishing this hub about ten minutes ago. It's kind of eerie in itself, that you commented so quickly. Anyway nice to hear feedback from a fellow writer, who can provide an additional testimony about Stephen Kings book, On Writing. Take care!

Jl


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

The reason for the quick comment is because I found it on the HubFeed, which can be viewed by selecting the "HubPages", or "Home" links in the left hand corner of a page. The Feed is the most current events that occur on HubPages, including newly published Hubs, comments, forum posts, etc. It's kind of like Facebook in a way.

Great Hub! I enjoyed reading this article. Make sure you check out the Feed!

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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

J.S.

Thanks for that tidbit of info. Just learned something knew here on hubpages. Again greatly appreciated.

Jl


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

My pleasure! As a HubGreeter, I'm always trying to help other Hubbers!

JSMatthew~


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mortimerjackson 5 years ago from California

On Writing was definitely an informative read with an obvious, but no less poignant message. The unifying theme being that real life is what prepares you the most for your stories. That your life is the ultimate parallel for your fiction. It even taught me how to edit my own work (use as little words as possible). To newcomers, I would definitely recommend it.

But don't take his advice on not using adjectives. You know why Steven King's books are so long? Because he doesn't use adjectives.


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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hello Mortimer:

You make a good point about adjectives-thanks for your feedback and glad you enjoyed the summary about SK. Thanks again.

Jl


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danielleantosz 5 years ago from Florida

I agree, On Writing is a great book! I find its perfect to keep on the shelf and reread when ever I feel like giving up. I particularly like the part about how he had the nail with rejection letters.


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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hi Danielle:

Yes, even though I am not an avid reader of his books, this is one I had to purchase and do use from time to time. I know stephen king as you had mentioned did get a good many rejections before his works were finally published. I think writing some articles in one of the girly magazines actually helped him get noticed. Anyway thanks for your comment and also thanks for being a follower. When I get a minute or two I will also go to your page to read over some of your work.

Jl


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Stephen King has been among my favorite writers for a long time so it took me by surprise to find this review of a non fiction book by him. It sounds like a good read. I love his style of writing.


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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hello Peg:

Yes I also like Stephen Kings style of writing, particularly in this non-fiction book that he had written in the past. Didn't realize that he had such a book until I stumbled across it. I guarantee that once you start flipping through the first few pages, your going to have a hard time putting it down, especially if you love writing like all of us here on hubpages do. Thanks for your comment as well.

JL


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marwan asmar 4 years ago from Amman, Jordan

I read the book, very thought-provoking, original ideas tweaked in humor and upbringing. Very nice. While horror is not my thing, Mr King comes over as a very humane fellow


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Marwan:

thank you for you comments in reference to my recent article about writing. Mr. Kind certainly knows how to right in other genres than horror does he not? Glad you also found it a great read. Take care.

Jl

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