On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King's On Writing book cover

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (2000, Scribner)

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is Stephen King’s book after his car accident in 1999. It is basically a memoir that documents his experiences as a writer and at the same time, relays his advice for aspiring writers. In 2010, Scribner published the 10th anniversary edition with updates.

I’ve read the 10th anniversary edition in its e-book format and it was quite an easy read on my cellphone cum e-book reader. The book was divided into five sections which details events that led him to writing plus doses of sound advice for other writers. He even mentioned that he, together with other authors, had formed a band. I’ve never realized that he’s into music, too.  It also describes how he got his ideas for his novels like Carrie, Misery, among others.

A van hit him while walking along Maine State Route 5. Many believed that his accident was somehow similar to what happened in Misery, a novel about an author who met an accident but was held captive by an obsessive fan. The details of his accident and how he recovered were mentioned in the last section of the book.

This book is more of a memoir rather than a writing manual although writers may gain insights from Stephen King’s life and experiences as a writer and author. This is one book that you should have in your bookshelf if you’re into writing.