Anton King: On Writing By Stephan King

analytical Essay
1710 words
1710 words

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 …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how stephan king, a world-famous author, has written fifty novels in his life. he states the events that turned him into the writer he is today.
  • Analyzes king's thesis that good writers must master the fundamentals of writing and fill the third level of their toolbox with the right instruments.
  • Analyzes how king's audience connects directly to the two theses mentioned in the previous paragraph.
  • Concludes that king's intended audience is the people who have not truly stepped foot into writing.
  • Analyzes how the subject of stephen king: on writing is related to the purpose because the book is king's ideas on turning people into better writers.
  • Analyzes king's quote, "now comes the big question: what are you going to write about? and the equally big answer: anything you damn well want. as long as you tell the truth."
  • Analyzes how king uses rhetorical devices to drive home his ideas on how to become a great writer.
  • Analyzes how king compares the story to a fossil through similes. he states that stories are buried in the ground like fossils, and the writer must be just as delicate when writing.
  • Analyzes how king utilizes the first person point of view throughout the novel, which creates a personal connection between the writer and reader.

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 …show more content…

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

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