Yes if they are a Stephen King fan and if they were even thinking about becoming a writer
This is the first one
When he was writing in the laundry room of the trailer and threw away Carrie and Tabitha rescued it from the round filing cabinet
He was definitely a little different then what I had imagined him to be
I wouldn't recommend this book for someone trying to become a writer. I'm sure it would be fine for that but there are probably better books on that score. This book excels on two points: first it was interesting to hear the context of some of the works that have become a part of the culture. Second I love hearing the story of a person who loves what they do and that's where this story really shines. If that's what you're looking for I'd recommend it.
The personal memoir was entertaining and encouraging, but it was much longer on 'memoir' than it was on 'craft'.
Smooth and consistent.
No. Not that sort of book.
As a memoir of the craft, I had hoped that the discussion of craft would be deeper. I certainly don't regret the time spent with it, but there weren't really any new revelations about the craft of writing, just reiterating things I've heard from others or figured out on my own. Perhaps that just means I'm on the right track.
I decided to listen to this audiobook, to get inspiration to work on my dissertation. Even though it is a completely different type of writing, this audiobook provided grammatical guidance, ideas for developing writing style, and more importantly ideas for developing in the habits of mind and practice essential to getting started and completing the project.
All the while, King tells us bits of his personal life story to illustrate points and to explain where his ideas came from. Wow.
Recently I've listened to his 11 /22/ 63, which is an amazing book, and between these two books, I really have developed an appreciation for King's ability to think through complicated storylines, and to narrate in very simple language. This is a skill we all could use.
Spoiler alert: King tells us about his terrible car accident in the summer of 2001 at the end of this book. He continued to work at On Writing while recovering. This alone was worth the purchase price for me. I can't recommend this book more highly. ( With apologies to Stephen for using an adverb.)
Hearing Stephen King read this himself. His voice adds so much.
All of it. His tips are amazing. Understanding his past really makes it come alive.
It felt like we were having a conversation. Very 'personal' experience
Inspires me to keep writing
I was born in 1967. Haven't died yet.
Before I bought this I had finished reading only one Stephen King book and listened to only a couple on audio. The one I managed to finish was only 148 pages long so I wouldn't call myself a "fan." Especially since I've started several of his books in the last thirty years and just given up on them.
So why did I purchase "On Writing?" Well, I am a writer trying to make a switch to mainstream fiction, and who else has been more successful AND written a book with advice on how he did it AND been available on Audible?
The experiment was a success as far as I am concerned. The book gives lots of insight into the publishing industry as well as where he got some of his ideas. He courageously gives opinions on his stories and other writers which, more often than not made me shrug and think, "That's pretty accurate, I guess..." His personal history was pretty cool too, and it's always nice for writers to see that someone is actually doing what we want to do. Realistically, even if I do break into writing, I'm not likely to replicate King's success- none of us are- but to think that you might be able to make a living at it is nice, even if it is a LOOOOOONG shot.
Mr King's narration is fine. He's not as expressive as Simon Preble, but he knows his material! I've thought for years that he wasn't the best narrator of his books because his women sound like his men and his dialogue often sounds like his exposition, but I realized as I listened to this that it doesn't matter that much. He may not be a great "actor" but he tells a heckuva story. Now I think I've been unfair to him.
I don't think a recap of the book is appropriate here. If you look at the cover you know what it's about. The only thing you really require from a review is whether it does a good job with what it sets out to do. My answer is- yes, it does. The greatest thing I can say about this audio book is that it makes me want to go out and buy the hard copy- not because I wouldn't listen again, I will, but because I want to use it as a reference.
If you're on the fence (and I was at one point), I say take the leap. You'll enjoy it.
I'm a 26 Year Old going for my MA in Theology.
Beside the context of this book I greatly enjoyed the fact that King himself narrates this insight on writing.
I won't give that away however I'll just say you should purchase this book to find-out,
I won't give that away, again, however I'll just say you should purchase this book to find-out,
Absolutely, once you get started your stuck in awe as if listening to your Grand Parents telling you about the olden day's...
If you have ever wanted to be a writer, I highly suggest you read this book. It has helped me move into a field I am really enjoying. King presents it from a unique style as his books often are and it is important to study the craft if you want to be successful.
Stephen king makes this a personal journey.
When king began the mechanics of writing and how he comes by his stories, I sat up and paid attention. It has helped to spark many stories for me.
King's self-deprecating humor, including his admission that he sometimes doesn't follow the advice he's giving, even when it's great advice.
The tips on writing itself, particularly on scheduling work and beating procrastination.
The memoir parts were okay, and they do give some insight into a
King's voice isn't great, but he reads surprisingly well. As the author, he knows exactly which points to emphasize, which helps the whole book come alive.