Category: Biography & Autobiography, Self Improvement

On Writing

A memoir of the Craft

Part memoir, part masterclass by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King's advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery.

Stephen King
Page Count
291 pages


Daniel R. Libby
Thursday, October 27, 2022

‘On Writing’ is a glimpse into the mind and process of legendary author, Stephen King. The first part of the book, ‘CV’ is biographical. It explains key moments from King’s early childhood to adult life that helped form the writer today.

The next parts ‘Toolbox’ and ‘On writing’ get into the nitty gritty of successful writing. With some tips that can benefit all, like the formula for a second draft is the first draft minus ten percent.

The book ends with ‘On Living – a postscript’ that contains a section of the first draft of a few pages of King’s story ‘1408’ followed by a scanned copy of the authors handwritten correction notes that form the second draft. I wish there were more examples like this.

I picked up this book because it was recommended by someone on our team as the best thing on writing they had ever read. I’d recommend it to anyone trying to hone their writer’s craft, and learn what makes Stephen King tick.