The book is both an autobiography and a book about writing. I expected to find the biographical portion irrelevant. It was not. Stephen's life is remarkably interesting and feeds his imaginative works. Highly recommended for any creative writer.
This book is one of dozens that I own in the audio format by the great Stephen King. I am infatuated by the style in which Mr. King writes. After completing this book I feel I have a much better grasp on how the great books that have been written by Mr. King came to be. I doubt I'd ever put in the effort to see if I can write well, but knowing the steps and strategies used in Stephen King's writing process makes reading his books a bit more interesting, and it allows me to imagine parts of the story that may have existed but did not make it to publication or even to paper. It is, after all, only a matter of finding a missing piece of the fossil.
Immediately after reading this I decided to go back to my favorite, The Stand, to see if I could recognize the things he spoke about. It was quite an enjoyable endeavor and I think anyone with an interest in such a thing should try it on at least one chapter of their favorite book.
This is the first and so far only book written by Stephen King that I have read. Though I'm not a fan of the genre that he writes in I loved this book! It is an autobiography and a 'how to' all in one. There is a lot of gold in there and not just for fiction thriller writers.
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I've only read Gerald's Game but of course I have seen his movies. It's not typically my genre because I'm too terrified. But this book about writing was thoroughly interesting and really enjoyable. Now I'm much more likely to go back to reading novels like I used to much more frequently so many years ago. I really like how straightforward he is, and remember that his book was a page turner. The pleasure of that cannot be understated. Stories matter. Learning about the horrible accident he suffered and knowing that he made it through was intense and inspiring. I have the upmost respect for the man. Plus, I love the way he wrote about his wife and family.
I found this listen fascinating and inspiring. Also, I found Stephen King to be a good and entertaining reader. I am new to writing, and this helped to pique my interest.
It read like one of his famous thought-provoking, edge of your seat books. I was drawn in until the very last word. I am not a fan of all of King's writing, by no measure, but I am now a fan of his honesty, transparency, and sincere love for writing. I love his no bull attitude.
After hearing many authors recommend this book on podcasts and in live interviews I finally got the Audible version and headed to Maui. Boy was I surprised and flattered that Stephen King was joking me as the narrator of his non-fiction masterpiece.
This book entertained, educated and enlightened me with insight only a master like Stephen King possesses. No I'm ordering the hard copy as there are too man nuggets of wisdom to remember.
Interested in everything. Listening for something AMAZING...
Engrossing and entertaining. Elements of autobiography, instruction, inspiration, anecdote, and imagination. King gives a great explanation of what it means to be a writer and how to improve upon your craft. He is realistic about the tenacity and dedication it takes to perfect your craft. You have to write EVERY DAY is the best advice an aspiring writer can ever get. His theories on how story ideas are formed and how they can be developed is helpful to anyone trying their hand at fiction. I loved hearing about his life and what events led him to where he is today. This story is wonderfully interesting and enjoyable.