This week I am reviewing Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. In these 291 pages King discusses his life, methods for writing, and tips for authors. This book is divided up into three main parts: his autobiography, how you should write, and his car accident in 1999. King is very honest in all of his writing and his passion for the craft still shines through on every page. It would benefit most writers to be as to-the-point so to speak, but then again, very few can ever claim they are on the level of greatness that is Stephen King’s writing. That being said, King’s artistry and flow are abundantly apparent, he never lacks in the craft of story-telling.
“And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.” -Stephen King On Writing, pg. 249
I think like most I thoroughly enjoyed this entire book, but I found the stories of King’s past so relatable. Not that I have had the same experiences, it is just that King shows the true voice behind his recollections of his past. It is almost like you can hear the voice in his head telling him all of it. I think this is his best tool he uses in writing this book. He is brutally honest and can get the average person to feel what he feels on a relatable plain. Throughout this book King shows us concepts for writing that are key to him, and you get a part of his brain in doing so. I find it so interesting his concepts of only being able to get so far on technique and the rest is up to talent, essentially. I really relate to that, not to say he is correct, but I find that a lot of great writers develop what they have throughout the first vital years of their childhoods and that is something you can’t go back to twenty years down the line and change.
If I had to pick something I disliked about this book it would be the whole section that this book was meant to dissect, the part about specifically writing. Stephen King is still a master when it comes to getting into the trenches of writing and letting other writers in on what he believes to be the most important parts of writing. Though, his life stories told me so much more about his writing process and revealed so much about himself as an author. When all is said and done though King is still the master of thrill and will always be one of the greats. This book was more than helpful to myself as an aspiring writer and I can only dream of being as great as King has been and always will be.
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Currently I am reading The Lies That Save Us by JL Redington and I am on page 50 of 256. Although not too far into this book it is interesting. I was recommended this book by a friend who said I absolutely have to read it. I am interested to see what happens next with the main character Alexa who obviously needs to run from this Cayman love interest. Full disclosure, this book is NOT PG-13, it is more like Rated R for literary romance.
“He made her want to forget every promise she’d ever made to herself.”-The Lies That Save Us
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Other than this book life is hectic right now. Work is consuming my life, school is suffering because of it, along with multiple health concerns. To sum it up, I am a mess. That is life though, I guess. I know people have it way worse out there. I have so much catching up to do but I am starting to get back into the groove of things after being thrown out of my routine for so long. I have been journaling a lot lately and the discomfort of being recently sexually harassed by a customer at work has had me really worked up as of late. I would really like to take a trip down to Boca Raton, FL soon to see some of my old friends and sorority sisters. I barely get to talk to them anymore and everyone is graduating soon. Except for myself who decided to uproot my entire life to come to a community college in Gainesville, FL in hopes of getting into the University of Florida. Just waiting on that Summer B acceptance letter. I am sure things are looking up now, after all when you hit bottom you can’t really go further.
Word Count: 306
Book: The Bell Jar
Author: Sylvia Plath
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“I was supposed to be having the time of my life. I was supposed to be the envy of thousands of other college girls just like me all over America who wanted nothing more than to be tripping about in those same size seven patent leather shoes I’d bought in Bloomingdale’s one lunch hour with a black patent leather belt and black patent leather pocketbook to match.”-The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Currently I am reading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar on PDF and I am on page 120 of 135 pages although the actual book version has 244 pages.
This is my second attempt at reading The Bell Jar. I attempted to read it the first time my freshman year of college but found it was a bit too melancholy for my taste back then. It may be because I was in a depressed state myself or that Sylvia was just out of my reading level. I am on my second attempt now and am quite enjoying it. I can now relate on a deeper level with Sylvia’s experiences. I can now see the joy and humor she writes about as well as her struggle with mental illness. This book is still a tough read for me but I enjoy Plath’s imagery and her thrilling experiences she writes about. I am excited to finish it but will most likely reread it to better understand the things that confuse me in it.
“I’m very interested in everything.” The words fell with a hollow flatness on to Jay Cee’s desk, like so many wooden nickels. – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
As for the rest of my week I am posting this weeks after it was supposed to be posted due to a concussion. Let me tell you, it is not fun being injured when you are already behind in your classes. Let alone the pressure and stress that is eating away at me to get into UF (the whole reason I up and moved my life to Gainesville.) I am just trying to look on the bright side of things and will be drowning the schools therapist in my problems come Tuesday, so there is always that. Other than school and my mental and physical health declining, I seem to have reconnected with some old friends which is always great. Let’s just hope that we continue to stay in touch. Until next time, I hope that everyone is having a great semester and that your weekends are full of laughter and fun, unlike mine which will be full of work, work, and more work. Happy Friday.
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Word Count: 308