Book Review: Stephen King’s On Writing

I loved this book. While it is part autobiographical narrative and part writing book, I felt it had a lot of great things to say about being an author. It bolstered my resolve when I felt like quitting. Moreover, it answered my biggest unspoken fear: what if Dennis hates my work? While I have not been hesitant to send work out to agents and publishers–I have been concerned about showing my friends and husband my work in fear they’d hate it.

He says “First draft door closed, second draft door open.” Meaning to improve the story or find gaping holes; someone must look at it!

It has a single exercise in it which I won’t talk too much about other than to say it gave me a basis for a short story: an abused spouse being stalked. For myself, I often feel nervous about mining for ideas; as if it the basis of everything in my books isn’t my own original idea then the book itself is a failure. That is sheer foolishness. Mr. King even pointed out the basic idea behind the exercise was not all that original, but there is a lot of different stories that could be written from this one basic concept.

This was a wonderful book and I hope it inspires other people the way it inspired me.



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