On Writing-Stephen King
Some thirty years ago, as a young English professor, I observed that Stephen King was our era’s Dickens. Hooo boy. But let’s say it again, to brush the cobwebs off our beloved literary relics. There’s a dissertation waiting to be written (or lolling from a shelf in the LoC) comparing King to Dickens. King is not a great writer, but he is far better, or certainly was in his prime, than he gets credit for. On Writing attempts to explain why and how he is a good writer. Hence the memoir element and the craft element.He doesn’t have any new “magic feathers” (as he loves to put it) for aspiring writers, just the same unwelcome news that you have to work, and work hard, and enjoy the work.