My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I had to read this. It’s Stephen King after all, and if anyone knows how to write a blockbuster, very saleable novel, you can’t get much better than King.
Although I was entertained and found many parts of this huge tome very funny (the bit about oysters getting a bit of grit in their shells, leading to the production of a pearl, rather than them attending pearl making workshops with other oysters as an analogy to would-writers attending writing workshops), on the whole I got very little out of it. Yes, there was some good advice (cut your use of adverbs), but really…this was less a practical manual for writers, less a guidebook on how to avoid the pitfalls and problems of starting out as a writer, and more a ramble through Stephen King’s own journey from A to B. Interesting as it is. Amazing as it is. Inspiring as it is. But maybe that’s the point: less of a ‘don’t do this, do that’ textbook, and more of a ‘here’s my life journey, with some lessons for you on the way’ sort of book.
I am glad I read it, but as an aspiring writer, I don’t think it told me very much. I am hacking adverbs everywhere, and it is definitely making a difference to my work. Lesson taught and learnt, so Stephen King, thankyou for that.