On Writing : A Memoir by Stephen King

How bad was my writer’s block that I sought out a self-help book, right?


I was just reading. Books, blogs, articles. A friend recommended this to me and somehow it all fit in. The timing? Right when I decided to start writing. It was only fitting that I make my first post about this.

Now, the review.

I’m largely skeptical of self help books. This one’s pretty solid. Stephen King weaves in chunks of his life with the writing tips and the book never quite falters. Its Stephen King, so thats hardly surprising.

A small introduction: Stephen King is one of the best storytellers of our time with a reputation and fan following to match that of Dickens. It began with his first novel Carrie in 1974 and then he went on to make north of $50,000,000 every year. Many of his works have been made into movies as well. That creepy clown movie, IT? This guy. Stephen King is undoubtedly the biggest player in the creepy-horror-what-the-fuck genre.

The advice doesn’t ramble on, and his personal writing habits made for good reading. Maybe I’m easily impressed because this is my first self help book.

I have to confess I’m not familiar with Stephen King’s works. I’ve watched the movie Carrie and thats about it. *Gasp* Yeah, I know. I tried reading one of his works when I was in 7th grade, hated it and never went back.

After this book, I’ve added a few of his works to my reading list. Carrie, IT, Misery, The Girl Who loved Tom Gordon. If I’m missing any extraordinary ones, suggestions are always welcome!

He says “I get through 60-70 books in a year”. Apparently he reads in all his free time. Now all of us read a lot more than books. Blogs, newspapers and articles count too. But as soon as you read it, you wonder what your score is.

With the New Year coming up, it seems like a good idea. To keep track of the number of books you get through, in a year. Now, I’m no Stephen King but I’d wager I can do at least 25.

I’m sure wordpress is teeming with book lovers, we could take this up! Can we beat Stephen King’s score?

This was supposed to be a review but I guess I’m not very good at that 😛

It’s a light read. Aspiring writers could walk away with some serious lessons. In a community like wordpress, I might even be the last one to jump on the wagon.

P.S This is Post 1 of my 30in30 Challenge, an attempt to publish 30 posts in 30 days. I’m glad, honestly ecstatic and a little proud that I haven’t failed on the first day. Yay.

P.P.S So, I had actually left a little loophole for myself in the challenge. It’s 30 posts in 30 days, not necessarily one post everyday. I know. I’m diabolical 😀 While I was feeling smug, a friend asked me to stop fooling around and get my shit together. If I wasn’t serious, I may as well publish 30 posts in a day and enjoy the rest of the month. So this post is for that friend. I am serious about writing.


One thought on “On Writing : A Memoir by Stephen King

  1. Best wishes.
    Grow up!
    Just a small observation I’d kindly like to share, your ‘review’ has ended before it had even started.


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