On Writing

10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King | 288 pages

Stephen King has written over 50 books. ALL of them (that would be every.single.one) have been international best-sellers. (Wow.) It’s fair to say he knows a thing or two (or 350 million) about writing. He shares that wisdom in this book and we'll take a quick look at a handful of my favorite Big Ideas in this Note.


“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. Some of this book—perhaps too much—has been about how I learned to do it. Much of it has been about how you can do it better. The rest of it—and perhaps the best of it—is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.

Drink and be filled up.”

~ Stephen King from On Writing

Stephen King has written over 50 books.

ALL of them (that would be every.single.one) have been international best-sellers. (Wow.)

It’s fair to say he knows a thing or two (or 350 million) about writing. He shares that wisdom in this book.

As you’d expect, the book is incredibly well written. Part mini-autobiography and part field manual on how to hone your craft, it’s inspiring.

It’s a fun read—like peeking into a master’s workshop and straight into his mind to see how he works. It’s also an extraordinary example of Carol Dweck’s growth mindset in action.

Whether you’re an aspiring writer or just a fan of mastery, I think you’ll love it. I highly (!)recommend it. You can get it here.

Let’s have fun taking a quick look at a few of my favorite Big Ideas!

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Stephen King

One of the world's most successful authors.