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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

 

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King wrote “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” about his learning and living the craft of writing. The informal conversational style makes the book enjoyable. King organized the book in three sections.

Section One

Autobiographical describes the book’s first section. It centers the content on his early exposure to fiction. His first attempts at writing began in elementary school. The journey begins in the family basement with the story of his writing for his brother’s mimeographed newspaper. King was next editor of his high school paper in his sophomore year in high school. The high school administration tells him to accept a job at the local newspaper by the school faculty after he wrote a satire newsletter about the school faculty.

A nail on his bedroom wall holds his rejection slips. He shares how and what he learned from the rejections as he recalls the tales of his early tries to get published.

The adventure continues to the University of Maine, where he majors in English, meets his wife, and transitions to adulthood. We learn how his teaching high school English and his summer jobs played a role in his breakthrough success with the novel Carrie ($2,500 advance on the hardcover release and $400,000 for the paperback rights), and his later development as an author.

King also discusses his problems with drugs and alcohol. He shares how his wife has played a major role in his personal and writing life. From the book, you can tell he loves and respects her very much. She plays a key role in his life.

Section Two

No-nonsense instruction on writing describes section two. It covers everything from tips on grammar to ideas about developing plot and character. King uses this section as a guide for “how a competent writer can become a good one.” Stresses his beliefs that a writer should edit out unnecessary details, he also points out words how one should avoid words ending in “ly” and adverbs. We learn how he writes first drafts and second drafts.

Section Three

Epilog describes section three. Recalling the 1999 accident where a van struck and injured him during his afternoon has you as an eyewitness to the event. We learn the van driver was trying to keep his Rottweiler dog out of an ice chest of raw meat while not paying attention to his driving. King describes his brush with death. We learn about his painful recovery. He tells of his struggle to write again.

I recommend purchasing and reading the book. It is also available on audiobook.

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Covid-19 R&R Trip Continued

Garvan Woodland Gardens

The Garvan Woodland Gardens is a 210-acre botanical garden located approximately 6 miles from Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States. Owned by the University of Arkansas, it has the stated mission of education, research, and public service. I spent the majority of November 9, 2020, exploring and walking at the Garvan Woodland Gardens. I walked over, 16,000 steps while there. Beautiful fall colors greeted upon arrival.

Breath-taking scenery was the norm.

The garden was well manicured and maintained.

Natural stones were used for steps and walkways.

The pathways curve with the flow of the terrain.

Several small waterfalls were on the grounds.

A canopy of fall colors filled the air.

The bridges and walkways make moving around the grounds easy. The elevation changes were manageable.

Another beautiful bridge.

More of the walkways.

Another small waterfall.

The coy pond.

The Floating Cloud Bridge.

The flowers weren’t as pretty as springtime but there were still flowers.

They were getting ready for Christmas.

A fairy house.

Another fairy house.

Even fairies go to church.

Little fairy houses abound.

I think the fairies like to drink a pint.

There really is a tooth fairy. I found where he lives.

Walk-in, fly out.

Part of the fairy town.

More fairy city.

Maybe a fresh coat or a coat of paint would help.

Interesting fairy houses.

Last of the fairy houses.

A tree house

Getting ready for Christmas.

A view of Lake Hamilton. It surrounds the garden.

The Anthony Chapel in the woods. It reminds me of the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, AR.

 

 

 

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