Monday, September 29, 2008

Writing is Magic

The last thing Stephen King needs is another review of his book ON WRITING. There are over 800 already on Amazon. But because it’s my favorite book ON WRITING and I’m putting it on my bookshelf list, I feel I have to add my two cents.

If you write – you want this book and if you’re a fan of King’s writing - you want this book. ON WRITING is actually two books in one. The first half is an autobiography that covers his life from childhood to the accident that nearly killed him.

The second part is all about the craft of writing. It’s good common sense advice, some of which you’ve probably heard before. King talks about the tools a writer needs such as vocabulary and grammar. He tells you about his own writing routine, how long it takes him to write the first draft and how he edits the second draft. He even talks about other writers.

But more importantly he offers inspiration and encouragement. After reading his book I wanted to sit down and immediately start writing.

King says, "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot."

He also says “Writing is magic.”

On Writing