Anton King: On Writing By Stephan King

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Writing is an art form that millions attempt, but few master. Those that do may become like

world famous author Stephan King. Mr. King has written fifty novels in his life time, one of them being

Stephan King: On Writing. Stephan King wrote the book conveying his thoughts on what he believes

makes a successful writer. King 's thoughts fail to give a concrete answer on what makes a good writer

(he states this directly multiple times in the novel), however he provides examples of what he believes

makes a writer great. In the beginning of Stephan King: On Writing Mr. King states the events that

turned him into the writer he is today, while mainly following chronological order there are several

events placed out of order. Following
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One of his strategies he believes connects all of

the other ones is that the writer needs to read in abundance. This is shown in the following quote, “If

you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot” (145).

Writing a lot is a given due to the very title of the book, however King also connects reading to being a

good writer. This can be connected to his first thesis because the more someone reads the greater their

vocabulary. While he also connects it to many of his other strategies throughout the book including

description, dialogue, and expanding the knowledge on potential writing styles. However, King 's ideas

also focus on the philosophical side of writing. King attempts to answer questions about writing

philosophy as shown in this quote, “Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about?

And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want. Anything at long as you tell the

truth” (158). This quote is self explanatory showing that King believes that the writer can write about

anything they want. King believes that the writer should tell the truth, however which means
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In this quote King

refers to the reader as you and this makes the reader feel like King is talking directly to them. This kind

of individualized attention from the author may motivate the reader even more because it feels like

King is address the reader directly. This is an effective strategy because again King is speaking directly

to the reader and this allows the effect to be stronger. The first person point of view also gives the

reader King 's thoughts on his strategies and it just allows him to be more personal overall. For instance,

“The problem was the teaching. I liked my co-workers and loved the kids...” (73). This is in the

autobiographical section of the book he is speaking of the issues he was having with writing and

teaching was too time consuming. The first person point of view allows him to give his own thoughts

instead of someone having to read, “Mr. King like his co-workers and loved the kids.” This feels

impersonal and the reader may not feel the same connection when reading this because it 's simply

stating this instead of getting the thoughts of Stephan King. Just feeling the personal connection