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)
"These rare glimpses into King's personal life - as related in his earnest tone and real (thank God) Maine accent - are fascinating.... If you write - or want to - get this book." (AudioFile)
This book is part memoir and part advice on writing and publishing. I found it fun to hear about the stories of his life. I'm not a writer but see how the information he gives would be useful if I was.
One of Stephen King's best work. Part memoir, part principles of writing fiction any aspiring writer will find this book extremely useful. Who else to guide you on your journey as a writer but the master of his craft himself.
Passionate teacher and lifetime learner. I loved books from before Kindergarten. Read the elem library... yep, all of them.
Not only is this sound advice on writing (which someday I'll do) it is a bit of history of how and why SK became a writer and what influenced him. The stories of childhood, love, school, struggles to "make it" as a writer and what work he did until then are ones anyone can read and see clearly how one does not become an "overnight success". One works hard and long with faith, commitment and passion.
I have to say the book is chock-full of both great writing advice. Practical. Teachable. Learnable. As well as incredibly personal details. I feel like I could invite the Kings over and have dinner sometime. As a SK reader since the age of 19 - in 1981 - and realizing I'd found a writer that was truly incredible - I've joined along for the ride a long time. I was the kid that read the library to escape the down-sides of my own life. Meeting SK in 1981, I felt I'd found the best. I still believe that today.
Having SK read his own story of his own personal experiences could't have been done with the same passion and restrained passion when needed. There is a power in listening to the nuances no one else could achieve.
The moment of the phone call saying they'd sold that first book and had some significant money coming in is particularly moving... The listener is not only hoping and praying this is "It"... but overjoyed for S and T when it happens!
Just a note to SK. If you read this, I'd like to say thank you. Thank you for sharing your crazy juicy gift with us. C.R.
Stephen King generously (those darn adverbs!) shares his process and his history and the essential elements of the writer's toolbox. A great gift to all of us who write and all of us who read (and as King says, if we want to write well we'd better read a lot, too). Love this book, especially its beautiful acknowledgment of the sheer magic that is storytelling. King is also a perfect narrator of his own story.
This short book serves the author as a concise memoir as well as an instruction manual for aspiring writers, with later chapters acting as lengthy bullet points for style and substance. For fans of King's books, it should not be considered essential reading. But for fans of his writing, and of writing in general, it certainly is.
My mother is a rabid Stephen King fan and introduced me to his work when I was much younger. I like his writing quite a bit, though I'm not much for horror.
This book is excellent: insightful and entertaining. I'm a playwright and TV writer and I think a bunch of what he says applies to me. His narration is pretty damn good, too. I fully enjoyed this!
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