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On Writing Audiobook

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Christine Orrey 06-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!"

    I'm not a die hard King fan, but I love this book. Great insight, advice and wisdom blended with humor and specific examples.

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    Ernest N. Charlesworth 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Honest"

    In many respects this is more about his personal story than it is about the mechanics of crafting fiction, but then the two are,profoundly connected. It is honest, it is compelling and it is a good insight into the life of a unique author.

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    Patrick Edward Etheridge Titusville,FL 06-02-16
    Patrick Edward Etheridge Titusville,FL 06-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A great resource for aspiring authors!"

    I loved the tips that Stephen King gives in this book. I think it will be very useful. His memoir that is tied in here is ok. It is interesting most of the time. I think it really got better once he starts to give his tips. Overall, a great listen for any aspiring author!

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    Amazon Customer 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I fell in love with writing again."

    I had given up on writing. listening to this book from one of my favorite authors read in his own voice , woke up a dream that had been dormant. I'm so thankful for this book.

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    Amazon Customer 05-25-16
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    "A must for all writers a joy for all."

    I enjoy every part of this book from the quirky anecdotes to the insightful look into the writer's world.
    Thank you Mr. King. I am glad you are still here with us.

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    Nicholas J Avila 05-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "if you want to write.."

    great book. gave me the kick in the ass I needed. his thoughts on language should be taken to heart.

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    DBruno1987 05-16-16
    DBruno1987 05-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    I had pretty high expectations for this one. Although this wasn't as fundamental and life changing as I expected, it was enjoyable to listen to.

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    Christopher W. 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I was hoping for"

    I have to say, I was expecting more advice on the writing process and less of his life story. I'm a huge fan of Stephen King's work both on the page and on screen. But his life story wasn't something my husband wanted to hear as we lay in bed. I didn't even get to finish it.

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    SF 05-04-16
    SF 05-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "really liked it :)"

    really liked it. love his humor. loved the suggestions. have already listened to it more than once.

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    Barb Chrysler Canada 04-29-16
    Barb Chrysler Canada 04-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Helpful and Enjoyable read"
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    Nicely done, helpful information, honest account of writing career. Interesting account of his life.

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