There have been hundreds of books written purporting to show the reader how to improve their writing, be it novels, short stories or whatever, but most of these books have been written by people who have achieved only a modicum of success in one field. Afterwards they fall back on relying on "How To" books, no doubt boosting their own book sales in the process.
That isn't the case with this book. This one is written by Stephen King, yes "that" Stephen King, the man whose books have sold chillions of copies the world over, and whose films, (or films from his books), have become known everywhere, such as The Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, Carrie and The Shining, to name but four.
With a provenance like that, this book deserves to be taken seriously, and it is.
The work is partly autobiographical, and is all the more readable for that. It contains a limited number of exercises for budding writers too, and finally, it contains chapter and verse of his horrific accident, if that is the right word for it, when while out walking one afternoon, he is mown down by a drunk driver paying far too much attention to a dog in the cabin.
If you like Stephen King's books you will adore this book. If you don't like King's work in any shape or form, but are still interested in improving your own writing, then you will still love this work. I literally could not put it down, and am so glad I came across it.
Next time you see a copy of Stephen King's On Writing, do yourself a favour and buy it. It is a super book, a great read, and one I found truly uplifting.
On Writing by Stephen King
Time for some video - and super video it is too:
Stephen King Talking About Writing and His Books
Here's the man himself talking about 50 Shades of Grey, Twilight, Lovecraft, his books, and writing in general and much more besides. It runs for almost an hour, and you should know it does include a wee bit of "bad" language, but IMHO it's a great video and well worth watching. Enjoy....