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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Stephen King A Memoir of the Craft on Writing

Stephen King is a masterful story teller and writer. In A Memoir of the Craft on Writing he shares his childhood and road to becoming a published author (memoir). He also shares his brief time when writing was impossible for him after he was injured while walking when hit by a vehicle. (The driver was watching his dog in the back of the vehicle and not the road.). Even after a slew of convictions for driving under the influence and speeding, the driver only received probation and no jail time for the horrendous injuries Stephen King suffered.
In the second part of the book he gives the reader suggestions to improve writing and stay dedicated to the craft (he writes a minimum of 2,000 words a day). He also recommends keeping a copy of Elements of Style close at hand (PDF copy here). What I found most helpful was the The Hotel Story in first draft and then with added proofreader and editing notes.
He says when asked if he writes for the money his answer is always 'no'. He never has and never will. "I've made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it." He writes because of his love of writing and fulfillment from the written word.
For readers and writers alike, this is an interesting read.

1 comment:

Joanne said...

This book is one I've reread and used as inspiration. It's a must have for any writer