Friday, 2 May 2014

Brajesh's Review : Stephen King - On Writing

 "Stephen King - On Writing" was gifted to me by a fellow “lover of the words”. 

The book is in two parts. In part one, Stephan King takes us through his life in 100 pages. He then defines writing and follows up with part two over 150 pages titled “Toolkit”.

Every budding writer MUST read this book. I am confident that this book must have already changed the lives of many writers and will continue to do so for many more decades to come.

The advice is real and confident, it never gets preachy or idealistic.

The two fundamental lessons were as simple as “read a lot and write a lot”. The narrative is so intimate that you can feel Stephen King’s breath on your shoulder while you are reading.

This book also has some amazing extras in the form of his personal read-list and a real first hand draft of two edits of his story 1408.

I have post-its sticking out of almost every page of my copy of this book and I will keep going back to this book for life.

I have already learned lesson one Mr. King, no adverbs in this review. I would close the review by quoting from the last section of the book titled “On Living, A Postscript”. “ Writing isn’t about making money , getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching lives”.

Rating : 4.5 / 5

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