Book Review: On Writing by Stephen King


I have had this book for many years. I believe I bought it thinking that one day I may become a writer and it would be useful. While I am not a big follower of Stephen King, even though my Mother has read every single one of his books, I have enjoyed many of his books. I pulled this book out over a month ago after the recommendation in one of the clergy groups I am a member of on FaceBook.

This book is part memoir and part instruction. King shares with the reader the story of his childhood and the many experiences he had while growing up. It was not an easy childhood, and within it many stories may have had their basis. He shares from his early days as a teacher and the letters of rejection that he would receive, yet also the more positive acceptance letters that started coming his way.

The last two-thirds of the book is directed to writing in general. As a pastor there are a lot of articles that I write throughout the course of a month as well as a sermon every week. The instructions that he gives to writers can be very much directed towards the profession of a pastor. His pointers for cutting out unnecessary conversation and words can be very much relatable to the weekly sermon preached to the congregation on a weekly basis.

He also shares the processes that he has went through in writing many of his novels. Writing is a process and it takes time to refine to a point which is eventually presentable. It feels at times as a pastor that you have to do this on a much quicker basis. While I find this useful for many areas of writing, maybe one day I will even write the book that I am envisioning using these similar processes.

By Alex Steward

I am a husband, father, and pastor within the ELCA. I did not grow up in the church and thus come at this pastoring thing with an unique perspective.

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