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Toivo

Toivo Fairbanks, AK, USA Member Since 2008
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  • "Tedious until you get past the firs..."

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    The first half of this book is a sort of autobiography. I can't imagine why it was included. I did learn that his brother is a super-genius or something like that. I am sure he is a wonderful guy and I admire King a hell of a lot, but I just didn't have much interest in the beginning of this book.

    The rest is, as the title says, more of a memoir on the craft of writing. I do not believe that it is particularly helpful to a writing student. It isn't much in the way of instructions on how to write (for that see Lawrence Block or, better, Sol Stein) as mostly just what King does. But what works for King might not work for others.

    King has an amazing talent for characterizations that draw readers into his stories. I think he could write a book using any technique imaginable and it'd come out pretty good because of his characters. I was hoping to learn something about how to do that or at least get a glimpse of the master at work, but I don't feel I got that.

    For anyone interested in writing, I'd recommend this. It is always interesting to see the creative process at work, a topic about which writers are traditional secretive when it comes to the details. On the other hand I have gotten more helpful writing advice from online writer's blogs than I did from this book. That doesn't mean it wasn't a good book, but my expectations were at odds with my experience.

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    On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

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    I have read a bunch of books on the craft of writing, and this one was by far the best. I think it's because Stephen King takes you into his personal journey.

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    This is a fantastic audiobook and not just for writers. There are numerous writing tips, no doubt, but there's a fantastic story under there. Really a nice love story as well.

    I honestly enjoyed those aspects of it far more than the writing wisdom.

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    On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

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    In the summer of 1942, a band of citizen soldiers were brought together by the desire to be better than the other guy. At its peak, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 through Utah Beach, Market-Garden, the Bulge, and Hitler's Eagle's Nest, WWII historian Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company.

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    These days, English professors prefer to teach anything and everything but classic English literature. They indoctrinate their students in Marxism and radical feminism, show them Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and teach them the "post-colonial literature" of South Asia. When they do teach a genuine work of English or American literature, they use it to propagandize against our "oppressive" Western culture.

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    Here's some good news for everyone who's ever been bullied into believing they can't speak their own language: The grammar snobs are bluffing. Half the "rules" they use to humiliate others are really just judgment calls and the rest they don't even understand themselves. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques of the self-appointed language experts.

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    Writing Exciting: Seminars 1-6 (






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    Bill says: "Excellent!"
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    'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger - Sidekick [Study Guide]

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    There's nothing phony about this study guide for J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, which explores the mind of disturbed teen Holden Caulfield, as he struggles to find an authentic world. Designed for students, this guide to The Catcher in the Rye contains everything you need to ace quizzes and essays on this literary classic.

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    In today's world where it is estimated that college graduates earn over 75% more in their lifetime than non-college graduates, a college degree in most instances is a requirement. Therefore, choosing to go to college is a great idea. However, maintaining good grades and graduating from college so that you can have the career you desire is a great achievement. This easy to listen to book will quickly walk you through the entire college experience from beginning to end and make your journey a successful one. Now, go ahead and have the best 4 years of your life!

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    Are you worried about failing your moped or motorcycle test? Nerves getting the better of you? Do you wish you could be more calm and clear headed about sitting your motorcycle test? Exam nerves and worry about failing, can make you so nervous that your memory goes blank and you can't think straight. Many people are so worried and nervous that they fail again and again and again. This just makes things worse. Some nervous anticipation is useful in an exam setting as it can give you the edge.