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Stephen King's Guidebook: On Writing

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Stephen King’s “On Writing,” is a memoir of the author’s experiences as a writer and serves as a guidebook for those who choose to enter the craft of writing. Stephen King writes about his childhood and young adulthood, relating stories that made him the writer he has become. Stephen King then moves into the mechanics of writing, offering advice and insight into a successful career that has worked so well for him but remains distant for thousands of others. “On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft” is not written in the traditional textbook format. The structure of this book works as an educational tool is because it offers a personal look at how writing has affected one successful novelist's life. Each section of the book contains something important about the craft of writing. The book also includes a great deal of about the personal impact writing has had on Stephen King's life. In the First Forward, Stephen King looked to his peer Amy Tan for a justifiable reason to work on this piece of non-fiction. Amy replied, “No one ever asks about the language.” King states, "What follows is an attempt to put down, briefly and simply, how I came to the craft, and what I know about it now, and how it's done. It's about the day job; it's about the language." (xiv). As a successful novelist, King has lived the experiences that a writer would not only like to learn from, but perhaps live someday. Discovering how success happened to someone that the aspiring writer might admire makes the dream seem more real, almost attainable. This success as a writer makes Stephen King an expert on this subject, thus making his perspective authoritative. The base of non-fiction writing is research. In a soc... ... middle of paper ... ...s educational system on traditionalism that focuses on fluency, appreciation, and comprehension. King states, “no one can be as intellectually slothful as a really smart person” (138). As a whole we are “creatures of habit”, thus resisting changes in the traditional sphere of academics. King uses his spin on popular culture to engage future readers and inspire the next generation of writers. “Some of this book—perhaps too much—has been about how I learned to do it. Much of it has been about how you can do it better. The rest of it—and perhaps the best of it—is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will.” (King 269-270). “On Writing” is a poignant, educated, and inspiring book, a book that is sure to help hundreds of struggling writers and will motivate others who may pick up the book not for inspiration, but mere curiosity.

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  • Analyzes how stephen king's "on writing" is a memoir of his childhood and young adulthood, relating stories that made him the writer he has become.
  • Analyzes how "on writing – a memoir of the craft" works as an educational tool because it offers a personal look at how writing has affected one successful novelist's life.
  • Analyzes how stephen king looked to his peer amy tan for a justifiable reason to work on this piece of non-fiction.
  • Analyzes how stephen king uses imagery, detailed description, comparisons, and word choice to communicate information to his reader. the intimacy of the book takes away the clinical feel of a textbook.
  • Analyzes how stephen king uses his unorthodox writing style to convey meaning, purpose or lesson on the craft of writing.
  • Analyzes how king writes about his childhood, early exposure to writing and his first attempts at it. "on writing" is also filled with humorous tales about the childhood escapades
  • Analyzes how king's personal stories inspire the reader because similarities can be found between themselves and stephen king.
  • Analyzes how stephen king uses visual terms, complete and fragment sentences, and short paragraphs to capture and engage the reader.
  • Analyzes how stephen king puts the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of writing into perspective by offering advice on the writer's toolbox comprising of vocabulary, grammar, creative environment, style and formatting.
  • Analyzes stephen king's suggestion of a conceptual toolbox for use in working on stories. king suggests that an aspiring writer should not strive to increase their vocabulary, but be honest with the words they choose to use.
  • Opines that stephen king coaches the reader to write, by providing basic concepts of writing, and offers inspiration and support by telling them outright that if they are good at what they do, they can become a published writer.
  • Analyzes how stephen king's "on writing" is carefree, exasperated, humorous, and authoritative. the tone of the book impacts the reader and leaves them feeling inspired.
  • Analyzes how stephen king's advice on the profession of writing continues in a uniquely practical way that is not found in other books.
  • Analyzes how stephen king engages and captivates the masses by combining common language and simple plot settings that strike close to home.
  • Analyzes how king uses his spin on popular culture to engage future readers and inspire the next generation of writers. "on writing" is a poignant, educated, and inspiring book.
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