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On Writing Audiobook

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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To begin with, you've got Stephen King, a writer so talented in the art of thrill-generation that he could insert excitement into the assembly instructions for a bookshelf. Or, say, a book about writing and grammar. And that's precisely what King does in On Writing, an improbably fascinating, relentlessly compelling trip through the mind, style, life, and work of one of our greatest popular writers.

Hearing this unique combination of anecdotes and insider's advice told in King's charmingly nasal voice makes an already insightful narrative even more personal and powerful. If you want to write, this audiobook will quickly become a treasured resource, because it will improve your writing. But even if you have no interest whatsoever in writing, King's anecdotes and instructions into the art and process will probably make you a better, more informed reader.

Publisher's Summary

"If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write." Here is Stephen King's master class on his craft.

On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King's childhood and his early focus on writing to tell a story. A series of vivid memories from adolescence, college, and the struggling years that led up to his first novel, Carrie, offer a fresh and often funny perspective on the formation of a writer. King then turns to the tools of his trade, examining crucial aspects of the writer's art and life, offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection.

King was in the middle of writing this book when he was nearly killed in a widely reported accident. On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how his need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life.

©2000 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Spunky, vivid prose are the prime ingredients of what must be considered not at all the usual writer's guide." (Booklist)
"On Writing contains some of the most harrowing pages he has ever written." (Salon.com)

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    David K. Mcculloch Seattle, WA USA 03-22-16
    David K. Mcculloch Seattle, WA USA 03-22-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Brilliant humility"

    This is an engaging and entertaining read from a master storyteller. Stephen King gives us glimpses into his own path to success with honesty and candor. His humor, authenticity and wisdom shine through. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read which also dispenses some great lessons about how to become a successful writer. And Stephen King's concept of success is for you to be able to LOVE to write and to produce something that is so interesting to read that complete strangers would happily part with their money to read it. Even if you are not planning to write the next Great American Novel you will find this book to give you a fascinating insight into a thoroughly likable human being.

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    Caveat Emptor 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Gift from Steven King"

    Steven King not only reveals his craft in this book, but use s it with great skill to carry the reader along a very personal account of his development as a writer. I listened to the unabridged audio version, which is read by Mr. King, and felt as if he were talking to me over a cup of coffee at a favorite Main diner. His insights and advice are clear, compelling and comprehensive. It is a must read - or listen - for anyone serious about writing fiction.

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    Carlos Rincon Bogota, Colombia 03-13-16
    Carlos Rincon Bogota, Colombia 03-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Truly a joyous read!"
    If you could sum up On Writing in three words, what would they be?

    This is one of the first audiobooks I listened to many years ago and to this day I still find myself reading it again and again. Read by the Man himself and although not an autobiography it includes many gems of wisdom regarding the craft of writing.

    Truly a must have for anyone who's appreciative of the craft, the Author or if you're just interested in learning just what it takes to succeed against all odds.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was specially touched by King's recollection of when he learned that Carrie's paperback rights had been sold for 400K, at a time when he and his wife where a young couple with two young children struggling to make ends meet.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great little book period.

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    Nichole 03-08-16
    Nichole 03-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Always a good listen"

    I've listened to this audio book 3 times now and always love it. It's hard to believe a man with so much success comes across as the most down to earth guy. I'm not even interested in writing I just love learning more about what inspires my favorite authors.

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    J.A. Sabangan 03-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Writing Starts Here"

    Stephen King knows what he's doing. Much thought, effort, and soul can be found woven into the narrative. King guides his readers through valuable, straightforward lessons by infusing them with witty prose and a plethora of examples. Plus, a healthy dose of sarcasm adds spice into a well seasoned book. All writers who are serious about their craft should pick up Stephen King's On Writing.

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    Deahnara Regan 02-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thank you, Mr. King!"
    Where does On Writing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have a very extensive audio library, and this book easily ranks in the top five.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't know what to expect- I bought it based on the five-star reviews of other audible listeners. I found it inspiring and meaningful. The book helped me pinpoint differences between excellent writing and mediocre, wordy crap.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    Mr. King was honest and direct, and he delivered his message(s) with unexpected personal humility, compassion and self-effacing humor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud on occasion, and felt transported to another life. When I was finished listening, I picked up a physical book for the first time in 2 years, and devoted time to sit quietly and flip real pages. It made me feel that same wonder that I did when I was a little girl, reading to explore new worlds.


    Any additional comments?

    I've both read and listened to a few Steven King stories, and have never felt a strong connection until I listened to this book. He's a very inspiring, humble speaker, and I hope he writes more autobiographical material in the future, or narrates some of his other novels. I will definitely be reading more of his work in the future.

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    Felipe D. Machado Los Angeles 02-27-16
    Felipe D. Machado Los Angeles 02-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "There's no magic potion"

    As King mentions in the book, there isn't a magical formula that will help your writing other than reading and writing every day. That doesn't stop this book from being enjoyable and full of insight. Sometimes it's difficult to tell where his life stories are going and how they relate to being a writer but it was an enjoyable listen.

    I thought his nasally voice would get old quick but I got used to it and eventually it was almost soothing. Recommended for any writer.

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    Krista Allen 02-21-16
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    "More than I ever expected. Amazing."

    I have a new found respect and admiration for Stephen King. If I never became a writer, I would still never forget this book.

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    Tim Valenta AZ, USA 02-18-16
    Tim Valenta AZ, USA 02-18-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Hard to treat as gospel, but a good thinking tool"

    The biographical content here is actually quite good. When it comes to advice on the method of writing, you're probably best served by letting it inform your thought process, rather than use it as a template. Hopefully King's biases show through and you can discern them from the real meat of the discussion he's putting forward.

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    DesmoProfundis 02-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Set me free"

    I was literally, yep me, a crusty old Sergeant First Class, in tears as Steven King told me it was okay to write the way I wanted to write. He went so far as to call plotters dullards! I don't even know if I'm spelling that right, I've never used the word before but now I'm shouting it. Shouting it at my former teachers! You're Dullards!! And I'm free!!

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