On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King ( Twentieth-Anniversary Edition)

Like many of us who do not have the luxury of writing full-time, we tend to allow other distractions into our creative lives and this lock down is no exception.

My first thought back in March was that I needed to use the time wisely whilst still working my day job yet somehow, I have let myself slip. Psychologically, this lock down has felt like a very unhealthy time to live through and I know I am not alone in that thought. Creatively I have done much less than I had hoped, yet I feel, the tide is turning. So, the re-issuing of this rather splendid book was exactly what I needed.

This is a new edition from Scribner that was released this month. It is the twentieth anniversary edition with contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King and contains 320 pages of inspiration from one of the most prolific writers of our time.

The book very much sets out its agenda very early on within the second foreword King says “this is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit”. I agree and have bought many books for hints and tips but this one is something you will want to hold onto. It has a no-nonsense approach to the craft that weaves in stories of King’s childhood right through to his success as a writer. I have had it on my bookshelf for years and am so excited to put this new edition right next to it.

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