Today I’m going to talk about a kind of book that I don’t usually read. Moreover, I would say that I had never read anything like it before. The book is On Writing by Stephen King and is a hybrid of writing manual and autobiography.
Why do not I usually read these genres?
Some may have heard me say this sometime:
I read to escape from reality, so that those written words take me to a place and a time in which everything can happen.
Based on this I think you can guess that what I enjoy reading is fiction and neither manuals nor biographies have much of that.
On the other hand, I think that writing is an art and that and you know, different strokes for different folks. Not to mention that these standards change from one language to another.
regarding biographies or autobiographies, I simply prefer not to read them. It’s not that I don’t find it interesting others’ lives, it’s just that I don’t feel comfortable snooping like this in their lives.
Why have I decided to read this book?
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.
The book contains that phrase on the cover and when I read it I could not agree more. That already made me want to know more.
Also, what a better time to read a writing manual than now that I am studying Literary Creation?
In summary, the Stephen King has always been interesting to me and I only needed that they mentioned this book on my master’s classes a couple of times so that I decided to read it.
The book has two parts.
In the first part the author tells his life and his approach to the world of writing from an early age. It is told in a sincere and funny way and has no qualms about telling the most unlikely and even shameful anecdotes of his childhood.
The second part includes the handbook itself. Here he tells a series of tips and regulations to successfully face the process of writing a story. The most interesting thing is that he provides examples of his own books comparing the initial texts and the result after the revision and correction process.
In summary, On Writing is a very useful and entertaining book in which Stephen King transmits part of his knowledge and shows that he is not only a great novelist, but also a great writer.