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On Writing by Stephen King
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Feb 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: writing, nonfiction

This book was a good read and I learned a lot from it.

One point where I disagreed with him: he advocates writing all the time even if you have nothing to write about. I can see the value in this, but to me, when you write without a purpose, it just adds to the noise. This is why Stephen King has been writing for 30 years, but only has about five books that will be remembered in another 30, much less be considered classics. He writes 600-page books that contain a story that could have been told in 300 pages if he had been more concise.

In his defense, he did write this particular book to give advice on writing as a career, and if it's a living then you have to keep publishing regularly if you want to feed your family. But at the same time, this is the mindset behind the abundance of flash-in-the-pan bestselling fiction that is devoid of any substance.

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