For the aspiring novelist... On Writing (2000)
How many pages is it? 291
What's it about? It's called On Writing, so….
Is it scary? Yeah, it's scary… scary good!
Why you'll like it: Even if you don't wanna pen your own novel, King's combination of an instructional manual and personal memoir is essential reading for anyone interested in the creative process. Unsurprisingly, King is a disciplined thinker, and his no-nonsense tips are actually helpful: "Avoid adverbs," "Don't use passive voice," and "Read, read, read." As for that last one, well, this list should give you a few good ideas of where to start.
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Dan Jackson is a staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment and he likes to pace around his apartment reading Stephen King books. He's on Twitter: @danielvjackson.