12 September 2015

On Writing and The Bell Jar

This last month, I finished reading Stephen King's book On Writing and Plath's novel The Bell Jar. Both were great books. Regarding the former, I didn't have the sense that King had great insights into his own writing processes: he started writing at a young age, so many of the processes are probably unconscious at this point. One thing that surprised me was that the processes tended to be bottom-up instead of top-down. For most of his works, he claims to begin with a situation, allowing the plot and theme to crystallize as he writes. The autobiographical sections of the book were actually more interesting. Plath's book was often depressing, but it did have some good insights into the experience of an intelligent and independent (albeit, chronically depressed) woman during the 50s.

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