On Writing

A Memoir Of The Craft

By Stephen King

"The shorter the book, the less the bullshit"
Published: May 31, 2022 Reading Time: 12 minutes stage: in progress rating: 10


This book is King’s autobiography disguised as a book about writing.

I enjoyed it cover to cover. It becomes clear early on that King is a master of words but is also human, with worries, dreams, frustrations, and problems.

What he mentions about writing can be easily transferred to any craft. He advocates for a lot of consistent work (he goes to say that he recommends an aspiring writer to write 6 to 8 hours per day) and a lot of reading.

The most surprising bit to me was that he thinks the writer’s path is pre-established. In a world where the debate of nurture vs. natures rages on, King explains that it is possible, through lots of work, to become a good writer when one is just an average one, but no amount of work will make a bad writer a great one. I think that the reality is more nuanced.

Overall, this is now one of my favorite autobiographies that I’ll be revisiting often.

Notes & Highlights


(A brief history of King. How he got to be a writer and his poor upbringing.)

On Living: A Postscript