On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King
I have never read a Stephen King novel, and since I am squeamish when it comes to suspense, I would rather not. But this book was quite good.
King’s advice, padded with plenty of anecdotes and examples, focuses on his personal writing style. Some of his advice is essential: don’t overuse adverbs, use active verbs, and “read a lot, write a lot.” Some of his advice is preferential: write every day of the year, don’t focus on plot, and destroy your tv before it destroys you.
King offers his opinion, supported by years of experience, and it is up to the reader to accept or ignore what he has to say.
It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.