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On Writing by Stephen King
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Jul 12, 12

Read from March 25 to April 27, 2012

The key to understanding "On Writing" is that SK offers no magical solution. He lays out his perspective and links it with his past experiences.

King makes it clear that one of the oldest ways to master a craft is through lots of reading and lots of writing. He does offer a few tips, but by the end of the book (memoir of his craft?), an aspiring writer realizes no successful author has all of the answers nor has the golden nugget. It's humbling to hear it come from this distinguished native of Maine.

For those unaware of his past, the book does connect his primitive beginnings and struggles with his successes and ultimately the accident that nearly killed him.

My take, after spending two weeks slowly reading "On Writing," is that King is a normal person. He provides us with stories through his perspective and his understanding of conveying words clearly and concisely.

The only disappointment I have is that I did not read the book sooner.
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