on writing by stephen kingdoes anyone know the theme of on writing by stphen king

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The theme of On Writing might be said to a comprehensive diagnostic of how one gets to be a writer from not being a writer. He addresses this theme by going down three paths. The first path is how the story of his life led him to being a writer. He includes the sad and unglamorous parts of his life previously kept hidden. The second is how hard work at writing led him to becoming a world famous writer. He includes instructions for would-be writers. The third is how his nearly fatal car accident left him with a second chance to continue being a writer, one who was back to writing five weeks after the accident. He includes how he feels about Bryan Smith, the man who was driving the car the hit him.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes.  Stephen King is writing about the art of writing in this book.  The theme is basically how to write, or more specifically, how Stephen King writes and what works for him.  He gives advice to others who are also interested in writing.  The book is a fascinating read, and I enjoyed it from cover to cover.  He wrote this book while he was recuperating from an accident...I believe he was hit by a car?  Anyway, it's a good read whether you want to be a writer or want to be able to read other's writing more closely.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I really enjoyed this bok.  Stephen King is a talented writer in many aspects, given his control of the language and his ability to tell a story that engrosses the reader, but also engages almost all of their primary emotions.  On Writing gives us a few of his secrets, and offers some pointed tips on how to improve your writing and your storytelling in ways that might make for better reading, or possibly being published.  I find his take unique, useful and interesting.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
It is kind of a combination of a memoir and a writing guide. If there is a theme it is that writing is a personal process. It's different for everyone. King writes about how he writes, and how a writer finds his voice. It is a very good guide to writing, and helps you understand how a writer actually writes.
mgummeson | Student

What is Stephen King's style in On writing? What is his style of writing?

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