Friday, December 2, 2011

Reflection About On Writing

Post By Dylan

There are two things you need to know about On Writing by Stephen King and the book study that Kerrie Flanagan teaches at Northern Colorado Writers studio:

1. On Writing is amazing and a "must have" if you are a serious writer.
2. If you can, you need to take the On Writing Book Study offered at NCW, it is life-changing.

On Writing is a novel by Stephen King that is part autobiography and part writing advice. By itself this novel is a must-read for any writer, but with Kerrie Flanagan’s class it becomes an eye-opening experience that will completely change the way you write. It not only helped me discuss parts in the book that were pivotal it also allowed me to meet an exceptional cast of fellow writers.

Over the course of this four week class I really felt myself grow as a person and writer. That first night every single one of us was silent and Kerrie had to coax us out of our shells in order to talk. On the fourth and final gathering we were all freely speaking and going through our assignments, giving critique and advice.

While the class was superb, simply reading the book was a great experience. It combined great examples given by King that were accessible along with helpful advice on components like: dialogue, description and perseverance. There was also a section in the novel called “The Toolbox” which I found very insightful and involved the different pieces of the craft that are needed to write well. As I said above this book is a must-read and and the good thing is, it is not expensive. I bought my own copy at a used book store for $6.

If you want to have your eyes opened like never before you should first check out On Writing and then secondly check out Kerrie’s class because it will be the most important six hours of your writing career.

Have you read On Writing? What did you think about it?

Dylan is a sophomore at Erie High School. 


C.G.Harris said...

Best book about fiction writing ever. Cant thank you enough for turning me on to this book!

Woodswoman Abroad said...

I agree that King's On Writing is an excellent book and a necessity for any writer.

However, it is, as Dylan says, part autobiography or memoir and part writing advice, and thus is NOT a novel.

Keep writing, Dylan!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Nice post, Dylan. I read the book when it first came out and recently purchased a copy at the NCW Studio so I could read it again. It should be on every writer's bookshelf.

Dylan Book Reader said...

C.G.Harris: Thank you for reading the post and I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

Woodswoman Abroad: Oops, I completely missed that discrepancy. I apologize. Thank you for your support and attentiveness.

Patricia Stoltey: Thank you and I completely agree that this should be on every writer's bookshelf. In fact, I will probably go back and re-read this book in 6-8 months.

Dean K Miller said...

Read it, enjoyed it, then thought about it when I read After Sunset, his collection of short stories. He really does practice what he preaches.

Great stuff, all around.

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