This week I’m reading: On Writing by Stephen King

No, this isn’t a horror story.

There’s no blood.

No gore.

No suspense.

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.

5 thoughts on “This week I’m reading: On Writing by Stephen King

  1. It’s been a number of years since I read this book, but I also liked it a lot. In the spirit of full disclosure I should say that this is the only book by Stephen King I have read–I don’t do well with the kind of worlds his words conjure.

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