On Writing: Book Review by Asha Seth

Acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks has recommended some books on his website that will help you improve your writing skills. One of them is ON WRITING‘ by ‘Stephen King‘.

This being my first Stephen King book, I was disappointed to not have started reading his books earlier. Well, I might as well yell that I love the way Mr. King writes. I was caught in it right from the start. But anyone will feel the same way, what with Mr. King’s style of writing which is exquisitely good and engrossing with a pinch of humor and a dose of his dramatic funny childhood experiences while he narrates the story of his life in this book.

On writing
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Apart from reading about his life which is highly entertaining, I thoroughly enjoyed the insights he has laid on writing based on his personal experiences. The various tools viz. grammar, vocabulary, active-passive tones, tenses etc. one needs to have handy in order be an ace at writing are exceptionally helpful to all those who are new at the art of writing.

The part where Mr. King narrates his tragic accident got me to a halt. For one moment, it was as though I was the one hit with the van followed by being transported to the hospital followed by being moved to another hospital in a helicopter. The whole part shows how optimistically he faced it all.

To summarize, it is a must read for those who set out to achieve a career in writing. Deeply intellectual with rich knowledge on various fronts of writing and the setbacks one encounters on the way. It will assist you in getting a good grip on your writing tactics, limit you from over-doing it and will leave you with being a fascinating writer.

If you happen to read ‘On Writing’ or have already read it, do share your thoughts below.

©The Musing Quill

5 Replies to “On Writing: Book Review by Asha Seth”

  1. Aah, I’m glad I chanced upon this post today. I’ve just started reading this book and it is a delightful read. I have heard so much about it. I’ve been reading the Paris Review Interviews which are a gold mine for writers, and this book is another gem I’ve found. I’ll drop by to share my views after I’m done reading it.

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    1. Oh yes, it’s a good fav of mine, one I keep going to time and again. Im happy to know you find it interesting and to your liking. I’ll wait to read your review. Enjoy!


    1. Hey Ann, I remember still that I wasn’t keeping too well when I was reading it and that marred the experience for me a bit. That is why I need to be at it again.


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