On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In what way is the book, On Writing, to be different from King's usual work?

The usual King works include horror, science fiction, and mystery; but the book, On Writing, is part biography and part how-to (write).

2. What are some of the things King remembers from his childhood? How might they have affected his writing?

Some of the things King remembers from his childhood include adventures with his brother Dave, and moving around with his mother Ruth. These may have given him help in developing the stories about which he writes.

3. One of King's babysitters was particularly cruel. How might she have affected his later writings?

The babysitter forced King to eat so many eggs that he threw up. She then locked him in a closet for throwing up on the kitchen floor. King's memories could have led him to create the psychotic characters which populate his works.

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