Book For Editing Reference-July 2021

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

As we move through this Book In A Year series, for the month of July (Month 7), we getting into why revisions are important. For that reason, I need to bring a book into this conversation. On Writing is a book I highly recommend by Stephen King. This book is one-third autobiography, one third technical manual, and one-third recovery manual for the writer who lost their way.

This book was given to me by my younger sister in 2003, and I have treasured it ever since. There will be some ideas the King references here that I will refer to as well through this series–especially the term ‘murder your darlings’. This book is a lantern and a light switch! Be aware that writers need both. Who better to give this than one known for making people sleep with the light on?

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