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On Writing - A Memoir of the Craft Paperback – 2001
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For years I dreamed of having the sort of massive oak slap that would dominate a room..In 1981 I got the one I wanted and placed it in the middle of a spacious, skylighted study in the rear of the house. For six years I sat behind that desk either drunk or wrecked out of my mind...A year or two after I sobered up, I got rid of the monstrosity and put in a living-room suite where it has been...In the early nineties, before they moved on to their own lives, my kids sometimes came up in the evening to watch a basketball game or a movie and eat pizza..I got another desk-it's handmade, beautiful, and half the size of the T. rex desk. I put it at the far west end of the office, in a corner under the eave...I'm sitting under it now, a fifty-three-year-old man with bad eyes, a gimp leg, and no hangover. I'm doing what I now how to do, and as well as I know how to do it. I came through all the stuff I told you about..and now I'm going to tell you as much as I can about the job...It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. Life isn't a support-system for art. It's the other way around.
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It's a must read if you are a writer. While I didn't agree with all of his advice, he breaks down some very basic rules that all crucial for all writers (that way we can know when to break them). It's also always fun to get in the head of another writer and see his process and how it differs from your own. While there's no right or wrong way to write, King provides excellent recommendations on what works for him. Who am I to argue with one of the most prolific writers of our times.
"On Writing" is also a good read if you're just a fan of Stephen King's work. He goes into some detail on the writing process and the themes of some of his greats, such as "The Stand," "Misery," and "Carrie," just to name a few.
Overall, it's a fun and informative book from a supremely talented and disciplined writer. The Prodigals
Thank you Mr King!
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