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.
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.
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"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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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