On Writing by Stephen King


Stephen King’s book On Writing is a memoir mixed with advice about writing as a profession.  I enjoyed reading it and learned a good deal as well.

My favorite quotes from the book:

Life isn’t a support-system for art.  It’s the other way around.

Fear is the root of most bad writing.

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:  read a lot and write a lot.

Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot.


15 thoughts on “On Writing by Stephen King

  1. This is a favorite ‘biography’ of mine…although I know it is actually considered a book on writing fiction. I absolutely love the beginning of the book where he recalls bits and pieces of his life—priceless. Of course, Mr. King would tell me to cut out that absolutely in the previous sentence.

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  2. This is a really good book. I read it once when I was in high school, and am now in the process of reading it again. I don’t agree with everything, but it contains a lot of wisdom. My favorite quote from the book: “Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.”

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