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.
I'm a dog.
This is a how-to manual on the practice and business of writing with a great deal of value for aspiring writers.
Yes, this book teaches how to write for Americans. This book is a must read for English that want to write for americans to read.
This is not a book about those things and yet, his accident story was scary.
He tells his story, his life, this is very touching.
no, it is a hard book to digest.
must read for king lovers and people that want to learn how to write well and would like to be writers but don't know where to start.
I am a glutton for knowledge, especially regarding knowledge of myself.
Great tips with examples and a fun story to boot. I thought it was going to be too long of a book, but like any good book, it left me wanting more. I will listen to it again. It was that enjoyable.
Ever thought about writing something? This is your manual. Part biography, part instruction manual, Stephen King lets you in on how he sees the writing, the process and the essential tools that any writer uses and how he got where he is today.
With great humility and direct honesty, he exposes his process of creation and how the story finds it's way to the page without any pretense that he is the possessor of some esoteric knowledge or that he has some arcane connection to ethereal being from other planes (He also never denies either, so it might warrant some scrutiny). He also reveals the secrets to his success: Hard work and persistence. He also makes it very clear that he is one of the lucky ones and that for every one writer that makes a living out if it, at least dozens will not be able to achieve it. In short, money should not be the goal of a writer, just a happy accident.
King also includes a section on how to getting your stuff published. That is actually more of a series of tips on how to minimize rejection letters from editors. However, this section is a it outdated and has more of an historical/biographical value as the outlets for creative writing have undoubtedly changed a great deal with the introduction of a myriad of electronic publishing options.
The biographic elements of the books feel very personal with King himself narrating. It brings you in closer and makes for a very enjoyable glimpse in the author's life from childhood, through tough times and addictions concluding with a very real brush with death.
For my part, I always wanted to write, I just didn't know how to get started. Somehow, I thought I needed some sort of permission to write, not really knowing who or what could grant it. Turns out, I just needed Stephen King to tell me that I was allowed to do it. Now, I have started writing all sorts of things and it is a lot of fun.
I strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone who ever thought about creative writing. It has become my source of motivation when the words are protesting and writing gets harder.
You too can get your Writing license! Steve is waiting!