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Stephen King s On Writing

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The first two sections of Stephen King's On Writing are in the least enjoyable. They are written in a very forward and easy to follow manner, detailing his life's poignant moments connected to writing. King's story of his writing is deeply connected to the story of his life. On p. 94, he ends the first section, the story of his life in writing, with “Life is not a support-system for art. It's the other way around.” This idea is a testament to the closely connected role his art has played in his life. However, in explaining his art form, King seems to contradict himself and closes many topics with frustrating resolutions. I was frustrated with King and his contradictions he makes as he tries to communicate his different opinions on writing. For one thing, he criticizes overly abstract poetry that he experienced in his college days. He generalizes abstract poetry for being meaningless. This generalization is a fault, when paired with him showing a poem his wife wrote in ...

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