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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting autobiography mixed with basic writing advice, 9 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: On Writing (Hardcover)
"On Writing" Stephen King calls it, but it should read "King's Autobiography Linked to Strunk and White's Rules of Writing." He writes of his early life, an odd herky-jerky experience, he calls it. It is revealing and entertaining, and his hungry fans should adore it. He includes his recent experiences with a car accident that could have proven fatal. Also, his use and abuse of alcohol and drugs.
He shares with us his extraordinary success with Carrie, and it is infectious. We almost cheer when he learns of his huge royalties.
Included is his advice (but hardly a thesis as he calls it) that good writing consists of mastering vocabularly, grammar, and the elements of style. If you are a bad writer, he says, no one can help. If you are competent, it will be a tough road to become good -- but it is possible.
Write a lot, and read a lot is his bottom line -- but scarcely original -- advice to would-be writers.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2012 21:14:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Aug 2012 21:23:07 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2013 12:38:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Dec 2013 12:38:37 GMT
No, I don't think so. This is a review by a buyer who thinks the book was not as useful as it might be, and who feels a bit aggrieved. I found it helpful as the book had been recommended to me, but I can see now it's not for me.
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