There were two things I liked about Stephen King’s book On Writing. He’s genre, and his comments on writing felt very practical.
I found the autobiographical section really interesting, but you could happily skip it if writers lives don’t interest you. What I like most about having it there, was the evidence of a writer who had ambition. As someone who lacks that particular thing, I’m always impressed by naturally ambitious youngsters.
That Stephen King is a genre writer is one thing. That he’s not ashamed of it, is the great bit. He’s honest about the fact he writes what he writes. And he’s proud. I think all genre writers need a dose of that.
I really liked the tone of the book, too. It gave me a sense that you could have a quiet chat with this famous, famous author and be completely at ease.
On Writing is only the second book of his I’ve read, but one of the reasons I thought Mr King was an author who might teach me something, is that not only has he written so many books but that so many were adapted to film.
To me that says a lot about the appeal of both the ideas and the storytelling.