This book starts out interesting but not that relevant to writing. Be patient.
So many writing books are written by someone you've never heard of whose written a few books. Many of them are wishy washy about how variable good writing can be, and they're factually correct. But Stephen King goes straight to what he thinks is important and makes his points efficiently.
I'm not a particular fan of his fiction just because I don't care for his genre. But no matter what you think of him, he is a master of the craft. He knows how to grab the reader and persuade them to keep reading. No matter what you want to write, that's a useful skill.
He makes me want to read one of his books.
You can tell who I am by my reading, or can you?
In this book Stephen King takes us on his method of writing a novel. He tells a little bit about his own life and the history about some of his books. A must read for Stephen King's fans, for readers in general and for those aspiring to be writers of course. I don't aspire being a writer but the reading of this book helped me on understanding the reading of novels in general and understanding storytelling. Definetly one of the best books I have listen at last year.
Having heard tons of good reviews about this book, I was afraid that my expectations would be a little too high to enjoy it fully. I was of course wrong. The book exceeded my expectations by a wide margin. More than any kind of "manual" on how to write (a concept which King swiftly tears apart), this is a great book about the love of writing, about the lengths and shortcomings we go into when trying it, and above all, about King being utterly honest about his profession.
I think I really liked it because of that. Rather than talking to us from some golden throne about "Writing" (queue thunder noises); King explains his trade in the most informal and open of ambiances, without pretending nor trying to embellish it, a feeling which is exponentially enhanced by his narration, which by the way is brilliant.
I have the feeling that anyone reading this book is already captivated by either books, writing, or both of them, and thus needs little convincing that writing is the most awesome thing in the world. With that in mind, I would recommend this book as a way to praise or share something that both you and King really love, with the added bonus of learning some great tips about this art. The full banana.
This is part memoir, part advice. The beginning is a beautifully written history of King's beginnings as a writer. I'm not an avid reader of King's works and I found this part provocative as well as entertaining. I came away with a greater appreciation of King as a writer and I loved that he narrated it himself.
I have read "On writing" several times. Listening was just as good. Maybe even better.
It is an enjoyable read because it's just good. it's good for a writer to re-visit the ideas that have made king so successful.
The story of his near death and return to writing is the most memorable moment for me. It's almost a redemption.
King brings his own feeling to his own story. He isn't the most eloquent reader but he adds his own feelings to his story. This is most telling in "On Writing."
The book was too long to listen to in one sitting but if it had been shorter I might have done so. I prefer longer books though.
A lot of people, even writers, tell me they don't like King because his work is too dark. This is not true of "On Writing." It is serious but also hopeful and funny.
Fiction lover, wannabe writer. lost of flights with my new job. Audible is PERFECT to keep me up the books I want to read.
I've listed to this book a dozen times, no exaggeration. The insight into King's mind is priceless. If you pay attention you catch him talking about things and people that were direct inspirations for people events, and places in his books. His personal stories are fascinating, and the actual writing advice is spot on. A must have.
Educator and communicator living in the Czech Republic.
Look, Stephen King is Stephen King. The self-professed McDonald's of literature - but he's successful, and there's always loads to learn from success.
Fascinating, gripping, funny in places and even moving, ~On writing is part auto-biography / part instruction manual, yet dispite that it never bores or preaches.
It's only flaw is being too slow.
Yes, the second half of the book is a clinic on the craft of writing, very informative.
I am not normally a Steven King fan, and for the first half of this book I was worried this was just going to be him recounting his childhood but wait for it - the second half is worth the wait.
He is an incredibly prolific writer and hearing his views on writing is worth a listen.
King sits as his desk for hours! WHY IN GODS NAME WOULD YOU WATCH THIS MOVIE!
Great sneak peek into a great writer's development.
Very practical nuggets on writing.
Not a formal "textbook" on writing. More of a story where you pick and choose things that can help you along your way.
Absolutely, and I will. It feels like an intimate conversation with Stephen King, who reads it. And it is filled with insights into both his own life and into the creative process.
His description of his first book success.
It did indeed make me laugh at times.
Stephen Kings does a great job of reading his own words to you. I highly recommend this one.