No, this isn’t a horror story.
There’s no blood.
Just really great advice on how to write from one of the world’s most successful writers, Stephen King.
Do I have delusions of grandeur that I’m going to become a bestselling author after reading this book?
I tried writing a novel once, during NaNoWriMo way back in 2017, but didn’t finish it.
I have dabbled in short stories, but my main reason for reading this book is because I teach creative writing classes.
Yes, you read that correctly. I teach creative writing.
I know; I can hardly believe it myself!
Handily, Stephen King has loads of wise words and top tips for creative writers which I can pass on to my students if needed.
This is a fascinating blend of memoir and writing advice. King writes about his childhood and early years of being a writer, charting his struggles and then success of getting Carrie published, as well as the inspiration behind some of his stories.
I actually found the memoir part of the book more satisfying than the writing advice, but regardless, this is a precious glimpse into the life and mind of one of our most gifted writers.