Friday, November 4, 2016

5 Star Book Review: On Writing

Author: Stephen King
Edition: Softcover
Rating: 5 Stars
One of my close friends lent me this book and I was blown away by how much I would like it. Just beyond the craft level, it's a wonderful memoir. It made me want to read more of King's books (and I've tried before, so it's time to try again, I suppose).

For a nonfiction book it read incredibly fast. I never wanted to put it down. In fact, I would stay up rather late reading it I was enjoying it that much. The writing itself is quick, witty, to the point, and beautiful all at once. It's a style that pulls you in by it's matter-of-fact nature and doesn't let you out.

There were a few moments throughout the writing where I was so emotionally invested in his life that I actually started crying- whether in joy or fear, depending on the moment- and I hadn't imagined I would become that ingrained in the story, particularly since nonfiction doesn't tend to affect me the same.

If you're interested in learning more about writing I do recommend this one strongly. It won't just teach you the craft like a textbook, but will coax and gently nudge you in the smartest direction for writing. Tied with his own history it makes for an enlightening read.


  1. Great review. I’ve read a lot of books about writing, and this one is my favorite. Most of them are boring. I like how King mixes memoir and craft instructions. It makes the book a lot more readable.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I've only had to read books about writing for classes and while those have been fine this one just had so much personality it was great! I love how it melded so well because both aspects were really interesting. Thanks for stopping by!


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