NaNoDodo Day 10: Stephen King’s On Writing
By Anne Perry
Posted on November 10, 2014 in Books with tags Nanododo, On Writing, Stephen King, Writing Advice
For NaNoDodo this week we’ll be introducing you to a few books on writing. The best education you can get on writing is, of course, to read. Read everything! But there are a few essential books on the craft of writing, and we’ll share our favourites all week. To kick things off, of course, we begin with the man himself, Stephen King.
We’re proud to be Stephen King’s publisher, and to have published one of the greatest books on the craft of writing out there: On Writing. I cannot recommend this book enough if you’re writing – if you’re writing anything, fiction or non, novel or short story, thesis or blog – this book is essential. It is absolutely full to the brim with energy, with enthusiasm, and with encouragement. Yes, techincal tricks of the trade are present, but more importantly, so is a very personal story about not simply the how of writing but the why.
‘Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. Some of this book – perhaps too much – has been about how I learned to do it. Much of it has been about how you can do it better. The rest of it – and perhaps the best of it – is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. so drink.
Drink and be filled up.’