Stephen King narrated the book -- the next best thing to speaking with him personally.
Stephen King, of course.
Only he, the book's author, could read it like he meant for it to be read.
How Stephen King writes, and you can too.
I loved how Stephen says he never worries about plot, narrative, climax, etc. when writing a book. Instead, he just gets characters into predicaments, then lets them find their ways out. He explains that he doesn't create the stories. Rather, he digs them up, carefully, like ancient, priceless fossils. Inspiring and motivating!
Well written and very engaging. I enjoyed not only learning about King's method of writing, but also learning about King himself.
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
Any writer should read this book. It's always helpful to plumb the minds of people who are better at any given task, and Stephen King is one of the best. Here he shares stories from his own life which helped mold him into the writer he is today as well as practical advice for anyone who wants to write or write better. This book is definitely worth the time investment.
His approach to writing, combined with the way his mind integrates his own experiences and invents others, is nothing short of amazing. Great tips.
Definitely worth a credit!
king read it. he gives all the feelings of his writing here, it really sinks in for me.
I loved the frankness of it. The author has a "blue collar" vibe that makes the content feel inviting and friendly. It felt like I was listening to Stephen King talk at the dinner table as opposed to a lecture hall.
I write for a living. Not fiction, mind you. I write for businesses. Many years ago, I took some time off to travel throughout Southeast Asia. On a train about a day outside Bangkok, my mind stumbled across the idea for a novel. Never happened to me before. As I meandered across northern Thailand, the story wouldn't leave me. I made my way south to an island off the Thai coast. There I spent a month in a little beachfront shack furiously writing longhand into notebooks. It consumed me.
Then my visa expired. As I left the country, it was as if I had sent my story into hibernation. It was something that I never really understood. How do we walk away from things that fill us with passion?
Fast forward about 25 years. I had hung on to those pages. Nearly 80,000 words. I pulled the notebooks out and started to read. Perhaps, I thought, there was something there for me. The situation no longer worked, but the story still had potential. I changed the setting, the characters and the time. I started over. Again, though, the world of family and job intervened. I didn't intend to set it aside, but that's what happened.
They say third time's a charm. I think it might be true. As I listened to Stephen King read this book, the confidence I felt on the island returned. So much of what he said, I do. Except for that month on the island, though, I never gave myself to it.
When I came back to the book a couple years ago, I found myself consumed with worry about where the plot would end up. Stephen King showed me how to trust my characters. And I do trust my characters! I've created some good ones with the potential to be both heroes and villains. Good people with serious flaws and god-awful ones with slivers of goodness.
I think the thing that I'll take from book that will make the most difference is to just keep at it. Knowing that someone like Stephen King relies on a daily word goal shines a spotlight on why my book had languished for so long. Good days, bad days. Doesn't matter. Give yourself a daily word goal and write until you hit it. He said to start small. I'm following his 1,000-new-words-a-day suggestion. I still have to work and pay attention to my family. And I'm not going to give up my 30 or 40 Audible books a year. Surely (sorry for that adverb, Stephen) I can muster a thousand words a day. I could have a draft done by late spring.
I don't know if this book would inspire others as it has me. I do know that it was the right book at the right time for me. Thank you, Stephen King.
Yes. A great entertaining read as well as a great reference book for writers of all caliber.
Inspiring, insightful, and interesting.
Great thoughts on the craft of writing but also a powerful look into the life of a writer.
I knew within the first chapter who was reading it without having looked beforehand or ever heard Stephen's voice before. This is the voice of someone who is telling their own story.
It made me laugh a few times but mostly it was inspiring! If you have ever considered writing a book (or anything), this is a must-read.
You should really listen to this book. It will be time well-spent!
I listen to audible with a pile of cats all over me. It's "FUR-tastic!"
Stephen King's " ah shucks" draw
When Stephen talks about all the crazy stuff he and his brother use to get into. It's hilarious!
King's unique pace and the sound of his own voice. It's a treasure.
Yes. king can be quite self deprecating and brutally honest.
This is a great listening experience even if you have never and or liked Stephen King's books.