Book Review (+Tips): On Writing by Stephen King

Read from July 6th, 2018 to July 30th, 2018.
Wow, Stephen King is so enjoyable to read, even in his nonfiction, how-to book, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft. This is a great read for any upcoming writer. He has advice for the beginners and the veterans, but mainly for people just starting out. I would say I’m somewhere in the middle, and I felt confident to agree or disagree with some things that King said regarding topics.
It was just a lots of fun facts about him in the memoir portion and cool ways to look at writing. I’m giving Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft a 5/5. My rating system is at the bottom of this post.
I also wanted to share some brief tips with you from On Writing that I personally believe and recommend. Here are those writing tips:
  1. When you’re getting started, write for yourself. You’re telling yourself a story, not anyone else. A second draft is the edited version of the first. At that point, you’re writing for everyone else and therefore taking out things that don’t have anything to do with the story/plot. Those little subtle details that have nothing to do with the story but you love so much? Throw them out.
  2. Find people who get it. You want to have at least one person by your side who believes in what you’re doing. They are half your confidence from here on out.
  3. Use the first words that come to your head. “Why use an alternative word whose only cousin is the word you really meant?” It’s okay if you’re vocabulary is sparse, you don’t have to spruce your words to get the story going.
  4. You can be as vulgar as you need to, as long as you’re characters and narrator are being honest. “Language doesn’t always wear a tie and lace-up shoes.”
  5. You have to feel the beat of your words and paragraphs and chapters. When you feel like it’s time to end a paragraph, then it’s time. Sentences don’t have to be grammatically correct. A thought.
  6. “It’s not just a question of how-to [practice writing], it’s also a question of how much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only reams of writing will help you with the how.” Read and write every day. This shouldn’t feel like work at all.
  7. This kind of goes with number 1. The first draft, you’re getting out the story. The second draft, you’re doing a lot of things, like looking to see if you can find theme throughout the book. If you don’t, that’s fine. But if you do, don’t miss the opportunity to expand on that idea.
Hope you guys found something useful! There’s a lot more tips in the book. I imagine that your favorites will be different from mine, so go read it!
  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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