The experience of reading this book was definitely more enjoyable due to it being read by Stephen King himself.
This book is a "must" read for anyone who feels they can be a little bit better with their writing. I had to read this book for school, however I came to enjoy and understand all the details that go into the average writer's pieces.
This book was a gift and I expected it to be a chore to read. I couldn't have been more mistaken.The first half of the book is about him growing up and many times I was bursting out laughing at his stories. The second half is more about writing and though dryer is solid advice from the world famous author.
The story was not what I expected, but true to his ability, Stephen King delivered an interesting and enjoyable book. I learned more about Stephen, about writing and enjoyed hearing the writer's voice. I highly recommend the book for entertainment as well as for knowledge about writing.
Great book for those who want an autobiography plus a guide to how Mr. King finds his muse. There is some great advice here for writers. It is also a cautionary tale of addiction and, fortunately for Mr. King, redemption.
I love the fact that it was narrated by Mr. King himself. It adds to the authenticity of the experience as well as his emotional response to things like adverbs and facilitated writing retreats.
Go ahead and get this. You will not be disappointed.
Personally, yes, becasue King reasds his own work so well.
I was struck by the fact that King has worked so hard--at his writing, supoorting his family by working difficult and unpleasant jobs before his novels sold.
He emphasizes that a lot of hard work is needed to become a writer, and he embodies that fact so well!
Himself, of course. I very much enjoyed learning about him and his early life. Even though I am not a horror fan, I plan to ead some of his books now.
When he told about his being hit by a van and nearly killed, and then that he finished writing this very book, while in excruciating pain. I will listen to this book again!
I enjoyed this book almost more than I can say. King has not been high on my list of authors, but I am very , very glad I purchased this book. I will go back to it and listen to it again and again, especially the parts on writing advice. Thank you, Stephen!
I had the ebook edition sitting inside my Kindle for months, somehow I didn't get through the first pages. Since I got a good deal in Audible, I decided to go for the audiobook and listen to it better.
I've read some of King's books and unfinished a couple, fiction is not my cup of tea. However I've been focusing on writing on the last years which has made me read almost everything there is on the topic. I bought On Writing, at the beginning for educational purposes, and thought King might have something good to say about it, and he did.
The cool thing about the audiobook is that it is narrated by him, so it is great when you have the author read his book. Second, it goes through King's personal life in a biographical style which is very interesting. And third, it entertains and at the same time delivers scattered advice throughout the book on tips on writing.
I really enjoyed the book and I would listen to it again, specially Chapter 4.
Yes, some of it. I would probably never listen to the whole thing through again. It's the kind of book you might revisit parts of, but not feel the need to re-experience in full.
The best thing about On Writing as an Audiobook is getting to listen to Stephen King read it himself. As the book is written as a sort of talk to the reader this works fantastically. It's like having Mr. King sitting beside you telling stories about his experiences and his beliefs about writing.
I found the part of the book where Mr. King discusses how he felt he had spent a lot of his career being made to feel guilty about what he wrote very inspirational. As a fan of genre fiction and someone trying to write such things myself I worry I'll look silly to some. This made me rethink those feelings.
I do think it is important to realize that most of this book is not really a guide to writing. It's not a complete autobiography either but it is more memoir than guide. Also, most of what Mr. King does give as writing advice is fairly standard stuff. Not that that's bad, it's standard stuff because it works. For many people having Stephen King say it right to you himself though might help it have more impact. I really enjoyed the book. I enjoyed the parts on writing. But, I didn't find it profound in anyway. This is not "Stephen King Teaches You How to Write". Which is fine, but folks should know that going in.
Love Romance, Suspense, strong character development a must. Authors I go to: Erik Larson (NF), Stephen King, Suzanne Brockmann, Susan Elizabeth Phillips,
Yes. But only because I have both. King is really animated and I enjoy hearing his voice.
Stephen King is a character. I enjoyed his memories about his upbringing but also his "view" of the car that hit him
No. I liked digesting the information and then being able to listen again if I wanted to
One of the most useful fiction writing books I have ever heard
Getting to know Stephen King as a human, rather than by the content of his novels
King's frank and direct approach. Some of what he said was not good news but I took it at face value and was grateful he was so forthcoming.
The sincerity and care of it. He truly wants to improve the craft and made it clear that he wishes all writers to be effective and successful.
The story about his injury and the struggles he went through with the beautiful help of his devoted wife.
Anyone wishing to be a successful writer had better either read this book and take it to heart or be lucky enough to be one in ten million writers, who has natural ability that will carry them over the brutal truths and requirements that block most authors from attaining greatness merely by putting letters together in a stream.
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.