Saturday, November 04, 2006on
I recently finished reading On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.
King starts the book by recounting specific people, places, events and experiences that influenced his childhood and impacted his writing. The first several chapters are really more memoir than how-to guide. I found it refreshing to learn about King's life and what makes him tick. I found myself laughing a lot during the first few chapters. Many of the sketches he shares are simply hilarioius.
The second part of the book is slightly more instructional and in the later chapters King offers his views about basic grammar, idea generation, plot, theme, and tempo for story telling. He emphasizes that from his point of view successful novelists are first and foremost story tellers.
The ending of the book discusses the auto accident that almost took his life in 1999 and how writing On Writing aided his recovery.
Movies derived from King novels include Misery and Carrie. He resides in Maine with his wife Tabitha. Also an author.
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