7 Ways Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ Loses The Plot

It’s outdated, inconsistent, and full of quotes from ‘pale stale males.’ Why is it still a bestselling writing guide?

Cover image from the 2010 edition of “On Writing” / Scribner

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Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book editor of the Plain Dealer and book columnist for Glamour. Words in NYT, WSJ, and other major media.