Episode #89 – “On Writing” by Stephen King

In this episode of the Life Writers Vlog, I share my thoughts on Stephen King’s book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

Unlike his novels and short stories, King doesn’t include any of the scary stuff, but he does provide thirty-eight vignettes on his life, a postscript about being hit and seriously injured by a van, tips on writing, an editing example, the importance of reading and writing, an extensive book list, and more. I also agree with his disdain for adverbs.

Are you a Stephen King fan? Have you read On Writing? If so, what did you think? What did you take away from his recommendations? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

But always remember, the only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all!

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Idalia
19 days ago

I read, “On Writing” by Stephen King a long time ago. I remember I enjoyed hearing from the mind of this dynamic writing. I love his rags to riches story shared in the memoir. We can’t deny King leaves an unforgettable memory in each one of his novels turned movies. I haven’t watched all of his movies because their hard on the nervous system and can cause anxiety where it didn’t exist before 😉 And I definitely wouldn’t watch them at night if I want to get any sleep 🙂 But he is one of the most creative writers I… Read more »

Judy
20 days ago

I have only read one of King’s novels. I didn’t finish Doctor Sleep, it made me afraid to go to sleep. He has a unique mind for sure. I ordered “On Writing” because it helps to see how almost every author had to deal with their rejections.

JOHN ROCHE
20 days ago

My favorite King book was The Langoliers about a very interesting plane ride into and out of time. The only other book I remember from King involved the ghost at the Hotel Coranado in San Diego. It led to a visit by Peg and me during a conference in 2009. We had snacks and drinks on the patio at the hotel. Sorry, I didn’t see any ghosts. I have too many things going on right now to add “On Writing” to my agenda. But I’ll keep it on the back burner.

Monique Cobbs
21 days ago

I have very little interest in anything “noir” and have not read any of Stephen King’s books; the one “On Writing” sounds like something I should have on my bookshelf. Thanks for the pointer, Patricia.

Etya Krichmar
Etya Krichmar
21 days ago

I have not read “On Writing” yet, but I am interested. I read a couple of Stephen King’s books even though I am not into this genre. However, when my daughter was a teenager, we read every book by Dean Koontz and Robin Cook. They were scary and interesting. I enjoyed them.

Etya Krichmar
Etya Krichmar
21 days ago
Reply to  Patricia

I will let you know after I read it. Will order it soon.

David Godin
21 days ago

I did read this book. I really liked the examples which I thought were helpful to a novice and demonstrated the how and why of editing. His persistence in pursuing a writing career inspired me. He described how, as a teen, he impaled all his rejection letters on a nail above his writing desk.
I did read many of his books. It seemed to me his books got longer with each new novel. The novel IT, for example, was just short of a zillion pages.

David Godin
20 days ago
Reply to  Patricia

I liked the idea of impaling them and leaving the letters, now dead and cold, out in the open where he could see them. Also the satisfaction of stabbing the rejection right through the heart.
I forgot another useful tidbit. He read the magazines to which he planned to submit for up to six months to understand what they wanted. An important point.

Etya Krichmar
Etya Krichmar
21 days ago
Reply to  Patricia

I knew this part of his writing journey.

Susan Renick
Susan Renick
21 days ago

Horror is not my thing and I would never have looked for a book from Stephen King to help me with writing my memoirs. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, it sounds intriguing. I am going to order 2 copies. One for myself and one as a gift for my friend.

Linda Peterson
21 days ago

I am not a Stephen King fan. I am not attracted to the horror genre at all. That being said, I am a bit intrigued
by, “On Writing,” as a reference work. It sounds like it contains some lessons to be learned..

Etya Krichmar
Etya Krichmar
21 days ago
Reply to  Patricia

Patricia, he probably dreams scary and works on his plots in this state of mind. I have to give him a ton of credit for having imagination like that.

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