Jennifer Hillier

On Writing

Jul 26, 2010 | Uncategorized

I’m about halfway through my third read of Stephen King’s ON WRITING, and I’m all aglow with the warm fuzzies.  I don’t know what it is about this book, but whenever I read it, I’m reminded why I wanted to be a writer in the first place.

I think anybody who’s ever thought about being a writer should read this book.  Anybody who loves books and has always wondered about the process of storytelling should read this book.  You don’t even have to be a fan of King’s to appreciate a book like this (though if you are a fan, you should absolutely read this book).  ON WRITING is the story of how Stephen King became a mega-bestselling author (ups and downs and all), and how can you be a writer or a fan (or both) and not be dying to know how the hell that happened? 

Certainly there are better How To books on writing out there, but King’s intention was never to write the definitive text on the subject.  He simply shares what he knows (and he knows a lot).  And he gives you snippets of his own life experiences mixed in with all the tips.  Someone gave me this book a long time ago, back when I thought I’d lost my voice, and it sparked something in me back then.

It still does.