How Good Stories Are Written

You have to have something to write about in order to write a story. It doesn’t have to be something you just made up yourself it can be a story you heard somewhere. Well-known author Jack London began writing his stories when he headed off to the Klondike during the gold rush.

Jack London was born in 1876 in San Francisco, California. When his father abandoned the family his mother remarried and he took his stepfather’s last name. London discovered early on that it was a struggle to make a living and he worked various jobs like a sailor, oyster pirate, and fish patroller. Troubles began in 1893 during the national economic crisis and London joined a march of unemployed workers. After he was put in jail for vagrancy for a whole month he decided to attend college. London was 17 years old when he completed a high school equivalency course and then enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley. However, he dropped out of school when the 1897 gold rush tempted people to strike it rich.

While he was in the Klondike London started to submit stories to magazines. His first collection of stories “The Son of the Wolf” was published in 1900. Three years afterward one of his best-known stories “The Call of the Wild” was published and it brought London popularity and fame. He continued to write about his adventures and about the harsh natural elements. My favorite book is “White Fang” and I also enjoyed the movie that was made from this book. His career lasted 17 years and during that time London wrote 50 fiction and non-fiction books. In 1911 he settled down in northern California and at this time he had already written most of his very best work. London’s only fault was that he was a heavy drinker and he died in 1916 when he was just 40 years old.


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