Has anyone read 'On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft'?

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I'm currently reading a book by James Scott Bell called Plot & Structure. I found it listed on some blog, with a decent list of books to read for aspiring writers.

On this site, I also came across Stephen King's On Writing. I'd like to know if anyone here has read it. I haven't yet, but it appears to dive into King's experience as a writer and also some advice for aspiring writers.

I'd love to know what you personally got out of this book and if you'd recommend it as well.
 

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It's interesting, but as a book about writing it's more biographical then technical. IMO the best book about the technical issues of writing is Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer.

Welcome to chrons, by the way. :)
 

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Yeah, it's brilliant. The only book on writing I've ever been able to read and stay awake to.

I'm a pragmatist so I don't learn anything from books but by doing. Because King explained how to write by how he did it, I found it really useful.
 

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One of the best books available, in my opinion. While there is a fair amount of autobiography, King's advice is very clear and written to instruct as much as entertain. Personally, I found it easier to read than Wonderbook, because its layout is more conventional, but you may disagree. Definitely worth looking at.
 

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Yip as Brian said it's more biographical, starting with his childhood and some insights to his writing process. I was more interested in the biography part mainly and found it interesting as to his approach to writing. I did read it almost 18 years ago
 

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On Writing is an enjoyable book to read , if your interested in writing and writers . But you will not become a writer reading it. In fact Stephen King sort of points this out himself. If your interested in writing you might like to read , David Kaplan's Rewriting . It is book the describes the process that helps you develop the first draft to the finished work .
 

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