I love King's style of writing and enjoyed hearing his personal take on the craft in his voice. He did a great job telling his story and it was interesting to learn how so many of his famous books were developed. An added bonus is that it is an interesting memoir too.
Any fan of Stephen King would enjoy listening to this book. I read the hard copy years ago and wanted some new inspiration for my own writing. I'm going to listen to the end with hard copy in hand. He has so much to teach!
I really enjoyed this book. It was like Steven and I had an afternoon alone to sit and talk about life and how to best convey it in words The story of his life is as good as his instructions on technique. Thanks Mr. King for your want to help other writers.
marnieml - an aspiring screenwriter and other stuff.
I love that Stephen King narrated this himself.
I purchased On Writing years ago for King's writing advice and even though that half has some invaluable insights, I love listening to the stories of his younger years the most. His youth wasn't much different than the average person's but the way he tells his stories really takes you back in time. And it's cool to see some of little things from his past that have snuck into his writing. Talk about backstory...
I haven't and actually didn't know there were others but as soon as I'm done writing this review I'm going to investigate that.
Into the mind of a Horror master. A true lesson on backstory, and much more. POW!
I recommend this book not only to aspiring writers but to all Stephen King fans.
consumer of goods and bads
The audio version is likely much better than the print version since Mr. King reads it himself.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
I would recommend this book to anyone that is an aspiring writer. It's also a good autobiography.
One thing that stands out is his dislike of adverbs.
He has a sense of humor.
I did not have an extreme reaction. However, I did pick up my old copy of Elements of Style. I also have been writing almost everyday now.
I would listen to this book again.
As one of at least a billion would-be writers, I will take good help where I can get it.
I spotted this book on the bookshelves at a local store and immediately dialed it into my phone (don't you just love tech?) for a later listen. I put off listening to the book, listening to two others first for fear that a book on writing would be bland and dry and a struggle to get through.
Stephen King is as honest in his instruction as he is with his fiction. He speaks candidly to his readers, sometimes baring more than I would feel comfortable with were I in his shoes, but always driving home his point with an elegance of simplicity to his words.
Mr. King's comfortable use of a conversational voice has made the beginner's mantra of "just write" less intimidating and more feasible.
Will everyone like his tendency to use profanity to drive his points home? No, not everyone. But I enjoyed every word, even the "bad" ones. It was like sitting down with a good friend over a coffee and having a discussion on a topic favored by both.
I intend to read this one again, if only to better cement some of the concepts into my working mind. Highly recommended.
This was very personal. Mr. King presented the information in as interesting a manner as possible. His humor and sincerity kept me reading, and his work ethic inspired me. Interestingly, he recommends work habits that line up nicely with that of another successful writer I admire. And I have seen the quality of my own writing improve. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in seeing their work published.
I have listened to him read "The Wind through the Keyhole", one of his Dark Tower books. His sincerity, and his love of storytelling draw me into the story and I find that his voice grows on me. But this book was even better, because it was King on King. Hilarious and touching.
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
I was an early fan of Stephen King--Carrie, The Stand, Salem's Lot, Christine and many more. After awhile I couldn't keep up with his output, but still dipped in for later titles, such as It, and Under the Dome. I once told a literary friend that I was a King fan and she replied, "I won't tell anyone." Because his prolific writing earned him the assumption in many quarters that he was just grinding out the books as fast as they could be printed, and banking the millions.
This book reveals a thoughtful writer in a deeply personal way. He is someone who cares very much about his craft, and this work knits his childhood and youth with the writer he became, combining memoir and lecture in engaging stories, well told. He has become an excellent narrator. Stephen King the one-man horror book factory becomes Stephen King the complex and fascinating individual in more than 8 hours of listening that races by.
Yes, there's plenty of practical information for aspiring novelists, but there's also can't-put-it-down material from a master storyteller.
Great writers amaze me. The ability to take a mundane subject like learning how to write and wrapping it in a life's work, is what makes Stephen King enjoyable to read/listen.
Having the author read the story has the added benefit of his inflection.
Loved Stephen's reading of this.
I didn't know a lot of the life behind the famous writer. I came for the writing tips, but really felt moved by the life story.
Hearing him talk about his own life definitely adds to the experience.