I have been reading biographies lately, mostly autobiographies. This one is half autobiography and half inspirational.
Upon thinking of Stephen King, you would expect this book on writing to be about how he creates such gruesome fiction. However it is not like that. You'd think he had somewhat of a demented childhood, one filled with satanistic activities. But it's not like that. Instead, he gives you his life story and his best words for why he continues to write. He has lived an average life, except for some childhood ear problems and adulthood addictions.
He explains that when he writes, he creates characters and it's these characters who take in life and create the story themselves. He just provided a situation. He loves this process. It is almost like a science experiment. It's what keeps him going.
I am not a writer, but the way he talks about it, I feel like I could be one. I feel like I want to create a 'What if...?' Situation and characters with personalities and a story that needs to be told through them.
The autobiographical part is always my favorite. It is the first part of the book; an introduction to the author, if you will. He talks about his life, childhood to the start of his career. He talks about writing, but he also talks about his love life, his kids, his struggles with finances and his struggles with his first book, Carrie.
I highly enjoyed this book.
I challenge you to ever find a more honest and we'll put together narration on the craft of writing. I first read "On Writing" when it was gifted to me by the Writers Guild of America in LA. Thank you Mr. King! If you are ever able to, you should come speak at the WGA during one of the 'Veterans Writing Retreat' monthly workshops. Thanks again!
Wonderfully narrated by the master story teller himself. Thanks for sharing your successes and failures. This is one of those books that everyone familiar with the King's work should read. You'll find a new appreciation for his work.
Ive itself, so I'm doing it here. see no place to review audible itself. Bought a book to give as a gift. Came to me instead. Can't return it. Can't share it with the intended recipient. Totally unhelpful "customer service." I will NEVER buy from audible again for any reason.
This was one of the best how to listens I've ever heard. Steven takes a boring topic like writing and turned it into a griping story about not only his life but his process.
I would have never imagined his narration would have been as good as it was. It was top notch work. Super clean, and very professional.
This book wasn't nearly as great as I was hoping for. It contained a lot of memoir and only a little bit on writing as an art/craft. :-/