It is a page autobiographical presentation of his writing life. King describes a life, a somewhat ordinary life, in a family with his brother and single mother. His early storytelling influences included a film called Robot Monster and early TV shows—police dramas, westerns and adventures such as Cheyenne and Seahunt. He describes his early years and how he sold four short-stories at a quarter a piece, to his mother about Mr.
He turned out one or two novels a year for over twenty-five years, bringing his grand total of novels, short stories, screenplays, and even comic books to over forty. A Memoir of the Craft. Unlike other biographies where the author tells everything from beginning to end, King honestly says that he cannot remember everything.
Instead, he offers the reader little vignettes from his life, skipping years here and there as need be. The reader sees over and over again how King escaped poverty by writing. The fact that King was writing about the films he saw or anything else that crossed his mind did not really matter.
He was writing, and just that by itself was an accomplishment. Writing was hard work, but King loved it.
His best example of this is when he was a sports writer for the LisbonWeekly Enterprise, his local newspaper. John Gould, the editor, showed him what to leave in and what to take out.
It was simple, and King says Gould showed him in ten minutes the things that he still uses today. King also deals with, for the first time in print, his battles with alcohol and drugs in great detail. He started drinking during a high school senior trip to Washington, D.
Byhe had added cocaine to his problems. He finally gave up his addictions after his wife took his wastebasket full of cigarettes, cocaine, beer cans, and other paraphernalia out of his office and told him to choose between them and their marriage.
King chose to save his marriage. He talks about active and passive verbs, explains why a writer should never use adverbs, and provides examples of good and bad writing. King uses this section to put down on paper what he does and does not do; he says these rules will work for any writer, but they are really either for beginning writers or just those who are curious to know how Stephen King writes.
Write every day, seven days a week, no matter what. The advice King gives is honest, but it is also difficult to take. King makes writing sound like work, and though King says he loves writing, he also says point-blank that it is work, even for him.
King offers very precise examples of how to write a novel. He says the first draft should be written with the door closed. If the writer has to think of a word to use, then probably it was not the right word to use in the first place. A beginning writer should write 1, words a day, seven days a week; King himself writes 2, words a day orwords in three months.
He says that any serious writer should stick to this plan as closely as possible, and wonders what Harper Lee, Thomas Harris, and several other writers who have published significantly fewer books than King are doing with their time instead of writing.
What perhaps is most startling to his fans is this simple fact: King seldom works out plots for his stories in advance.Jay Parini picks up writing tips from Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir Oh, yes, and he added the memoir of his accident to a book about the craft of writing that he'd already finished.
Jul 11, · Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft begins with two epigraphs. (Epigraphs are phrases, quotations, or poems set at the beginning of a document.)The epigraphs are: Honesty’s the best policy.—Miguel de Cervantes and Liars prosper.—Anonymous.
He uses many epigraphs in his writing, usually to mark the beginning of a new section in a grupobittia.coms: “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft,” was written in by Stephen King. This book is one of Kings few non-fiction works and reads like a textbook for writers.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a memoir by American author Stephen King that describes his experiences as a writer and his advice for aspiring writers.
First published in by Charles Scribner's Sons, On Writing is King's first book after being involved in a car accident a year earlier. In , Scribner republished the memoir as a 10th anniversary edition, which featured an updated. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, Stephen King’s critically lauded, classic bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work/5().
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