Stephen King 's Writing : A Memoir Of The Craft

958 Words Sep 6th, 2014 4 Pages
Stephen King has a lot knowledge to offer about writing. His book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, is an incredibly genuine memoir as he reminiscences on his early poverty-stricken life. In the midst of his book, King provides helpful and efficient advice on becoming a writer. The advice that Stephen King provided in his memoir that I believe is valuable for me as a writer is that you must read a lot and write a lot, trust the use of your own vocabulary, using simple sentences is not a bad thing, and to write the first draft with the door closed and the second draft with the door open.
To write well, there are only two things you absolutely must do: read and write: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write” (King 147). I believe that reading and writing would not exist without each other because they rely on one another hand-in-hand. In order to write well, not only must you read well, but you must read widely. Through reading you will gain knowledge, extend your vocabulary, and see different styles of writing. When reading, you see things that remind you of what you should be doing or things you should avoid while you write. You can learn many lessons while you read that will help you when you apply it to writing. To become a better writer, reading a lot will help you get different guidance, to be able to look outside the box, and to enhance your knowledge. Although this advice is plain and simple, it is the straightforward advice…
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