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So not too long ago I read Steven King's book, On Writing. He's not an author I like per se, but I do admire his productivity. I've only read Misery, and did not enjoy. It's not my thing, but I have to admit the man is doing exactly what he wants and is wildly successful at it, so I'm willing to listen to what he has to say on the subject.

Turns out the book is worth the read. It starts out with many anecdotes about the things he felt led up to his life as an author, and then he gets down to business with a lot of good and practical advice for novice writers. For writers who are more comfortable with their chosen vice and know the tools of the trade, he offers insights on criticism and editing in the world of publishing, and the motivations that keep one going.

I recommend it as a pep talk from a very successful writer to all of us who are aspiring. It's nearly as beneficial as sitting down face to face with the man and for my money, that's a good investment.

Date: 2011-12-01 04:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] prisoner_24601
Definitely it's worth the read, although I think it's good to keep in mind that his advice about how to break into publishing is sort of out of date. But for finding out the process and the discussion of craft, it's really rather good.

Date: 2011-12-01 10:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aximili
It's spelled 'Stephen.'

I should try reading that book again... I love his books (except Cell, I thought that one was a joke) but I couldn't seem to adjust to him writing a non-fiction book. I think in the end what I've read on 'how to write' varies so much by different authors. Everyone has their own process, or a mix of them.

Date: 2011-12-23 07:57 pm (UTC)
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This was our textbook in my high school Creative Writing class. It remains my favorite text on creative writing, the inspiration and editing process, how to find a space for you to write, etc.

I still have my annotated copy :)

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