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 However, this section is a it outdated and has more of an historical/biographical value as the outlets for creative writing have undoubtedly changed a great deal with the introduction of a myriad of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!
Artist/crafter and writer
Stephen King is one of my favorite horror/fiction writers, however, I didn't expect his memoir to be so humorous and entertaining. What a cool surprise! His narration is authentic and personal. It was great getting to know him...
This is an inspiring book made even more inspiring by the fact that Stephen King took the time to narrate this himself.
J. Jason Gale
The book comes in three parts: true vignettes from his life experiences that propelled him to write tales of horror (he insists it's not an autobiography); writing instructions; and a blow-by-blow recount of his run-in with a minivan.
All three parts are well worth the listening, however, as he notes himself, they are virtually stand-alone units with no through line.
One delicious thing about this book is Steve narrates it himself. Like a suspect confessing under a naked, over-bright light bulb, the eagerness -- or lack there of -- concealed in his voice paints emotional undertones to his stories.
The writing instructions section is the lion's share of the book. (Please let me offer this caution: Mr. King has been writing since his was old enough to hold a pen so some of his advise will be strong meat for the beginning writer.) Mr. King taught high school English for years, and so he relaxes, entertains and hammers home a stream of practical points.
He sorts writers into four types: Bad, Good, Very Good (where he classifies himself) and Magically Gifted. He suggests only the Good can move up to the Very Good; the rest are locked-in. Perhaps if you are not at least a Good writer, you're just wasting your time?
Steve says writing is telepathy: the writer thinks a thought, then the reader has the same thought. If so, after listening to this book, you will know Mr. King intimately and will be able to write like he does, more or less.
It's up there in the top 20.
I like Mr. King's humorous asides - too many to mention!
To quote a character from "Boston Legal", "He's a hoot!"
He has a very distinctive voice and it's pleasant to listen to him. He speaks very conversationally - like the two of you are in a room and he is telling you his story.
I caught myself laughing out loud many times as Stephen told his story. Part autobiography, part instruction manual, the book is entirely entertaining.
Stephen gives a vivid description of writing (Carrie I think) in the laundry room of what sounded like my first apartment.
I laughed a lot, darn near cried at the end, and winced all the way through at some pretty salty language.
I bought the Kindle edition too so I could highlight some sections.