I’ve never read a Stephen King novel. Ever. I admit I assumed King only wrote crappy horror stories that I should avoid at all costs. That and the guy’s rich. Please, I don’t want to deal with that arrogance. (Like my logic?)
Naturally, over the course of my (not-that-long) writing career, other writerly friends suggested On Writing to me. Many call it the writer’s Bible — though I think that award should go to Elements of Style by Strunk and White. But that’s just me. Anyway, about a month ago I was forced to get a book for college at B&N. John decided to take an eternity in the bathroom right after we got there, and I bided my time looking at the “for writers” section (next to the kids section, both of which were right to the left of the bathroom entrances; smart, B&N. Very smart). The Corgie sold the book. That and it was on sale for $10 — and for a paperback that’s normally $15.99, that was a price not to be passed up. Only I passed up reading it until last night. I’m awesome.
On Writing is King’s writing how-to novel wrapped in a memoir package. There aren’t chapters but numbered short segments (that lengthen once King gets to the writing toolkit section), and each topic is split by parts.
The writing is great, but I doubt you’re surprised by that. King has a great sense of humor, and that makes the writing slide by, not to mention reinforce the topics King brings up.
Basically, the book is definitely worth the read. Maybe you’ll learn something from it, or maybe you’ll be like me: all I took out of it was writing inspiration. King’s enthusiasm for the craft reminded me of why I want to be a writer. That was worth it in itself, but the book gave me more than that to ponder on and write about.
tl;dr: 5/5 stars. A great read, recommended for all writers just because of what they could get out of it.