I’ve been blogging for over 10 years. I’ve written probably hundreds of posts on the various blogs I’ve built. So, writing has always been a big interest of mine. I am surely not of Nobel or Pulitzer prize calibre, but I love to share my thoughts in words, and I think I manage okay. Over the years, the more I read on the subject, the more this book came up as mandatory reading.
Of course I knew Stephen King as the author of hugely successful novels such as “The Shinning”, “Carrie”, or “Misery”. So when I found out he had a book on writing, I grew more and more intrigued. After ten years of its original publication, I decided it was time for me to read it. And I can say I wish I had done it sooner.
“On Writing” is a wonderful book. It starts with an autobiography of the author, so that we know who he is and what he stands for. King recounts many episodes he lived and made him the writer he is today.
The second part of the book is about the tools of the trade. He relates some of the rules one should use, and directs us to the also great book by William Strunk, “The Elements of Style” for further guidance.
He then talks about his writing method how he goes about his work and things you should be careful with. He also gives advice on how to get and deal with book editors and agents.
One of the points King makes, is that you should see writing as a regular job. You should find a place where you’re comfortable, sit down, and don’t get up until you’ve reached your set goal, be it 1000 words or a couple of hours of writing.
On the last part of the book, King recounts how he almost didn’t finish this book, due to an accident that almost took his life.
Better than describe it, I urge you to read this book, if you do or aspire to do any sort of writing.
Being a compulsive reader, I had to finish with this quote I couldn’t agree more with and is, in my opinion, the basis for it all.
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that”