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On Writing by Stephen King
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Dec 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, writing-craft
Read from December 26 to 30, 2011

I'm not a fan of King's fiction, but I loved this book. Written in a straight-forward, no bull-shit manner, King gives you the nuts and bolts of the profession while also telling how he was formed as a writer and what works for him.

This isn't King preaching the gospel of writing. He keeps it grounded. This is what worked for me. If you want to be a competent writer you are going to have to work like hell. Write a lot. Read a lot. Go to it.

The final section is about, among other things, how he wrote On Writing. It is also about the near fatal encounter with an idiot and his truck that splits the book in two. Not only is he a fine writer, but Mr. King is one tough dude.

Recommended for anyone even slightly whiny about sitting down at the desk.

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Reading Progress

12/27/2011 page 175
61.0% "Got this from Ja for Christmas - just zooming through it."
12/29/2011 page 208
72.0% "Really interesting to see how King approaches his art. I've done some half-assed dabbling and so have listened to other writers talk about their process, but few of them were as entertaining and matter of fact as King."
12/29/2011 page 220
76.0% ""Stop being so goddam needy!" said the Ideal Reader to Mr. King."

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