Tuesday, August 4, 2009

On Writing


I just finished reading On Writing by Stephen King.  The first part of the book talks about King's childhood, adolescence, and how he grew into the writer he is today.
The next part of the book is geared toward helping the reader become a better writer.  It goes through grammar, structure, editing, and finding a publisher and/or agent.  It also gives advice on what you need to do to be a good writer, or at least a decent writer.  Although King doesn't go into detail regarding correct grammar, he suggests getting the Elements of Style by Strunk & White for a more comprehensive look on grammar and structure which is helpful for those in need.
In the last part of the book King offers a look at a select story (1408) still in the first draft and then shows how he revises it into the 2nd draft.
Overall, King's mini memoir was entertaining and his advice on writing is valuable.  I certainly got a lot out of it.


2 comments:

  1. Good sounds like he had a lot to offer so now when do we get to see some of what you have written?

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