On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a blend of autobiography and reference manual; it discusses the childhood of the author and his intellectual development as a writer, but also offers chapters on grammar, structure, characterization, and more for would-be authors. The book examines what goes into the making of a novel, and explains concepts like subtext, theme, and the necessity of avoiding too many adjectives. Major themes include imagination, learning, and childhood.

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