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On Writing by Stephen King
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Feb 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: on-writing, non-fiction
Read in February, 2012

Ah, the seminal writing text. I had never read it until I happened upon a free copy just recently.

The part actually on writing (the second half of the book, that is) wasn't really anything to call home about. It had good advice, but nothing I hadn't heard before. There were a few nuggets worth dog-earring the page, but that was about it.

The memoir that forms the book's first half I found fascinating, however. King's voice comes through loud and clear, and the unflattering picture he paints of his early life rings true because of it. I actually found more to learn here than anywhere else in the book, despite the sheer averageness of his life (other than all the bestsellers he wrote, I mean). It was good stuff, and worth the price of admission by itself. Even non-writers and those unfamiliar with Stephen King (like myself; this is the first book of his I've finished) will find something to like.

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