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)
When I received my cheese grater it was in 3 pieces. It didn't even look like the picture. But that doesn't even matter because I didn't even order a cheese grater.. I actually ordered the commemorative Warren G Harding Olympic track suit with matching shoe strings...
I'm never eating there again!
"Writing isn't about getting money, fame, sex, or some kind of high. It's about enriching the lives of those who read your work and enriching your own in the process; it's about getting up, getting well, getting old, getting Happy!" -King
Writing is your own, for you, and to show others about yourself. As you develop your writing, you develop yourself. As you write your story, you write about who you are. As you create art, you create yourself. This is what I understood, and this is what I'll follow
I have to say that I expected there to be a bit more of outright formulaic instruction from this book and I am glad it was not that. I appreciated a candid look at his creative process and what works for him, and it provides perspective on crafting your own rituals and practices for writing.
On Writing not only provides insight into many of Stephen King's stories and his personal life, but he takes listers through a wonderful journey which conveys a "you can do it too message". Excellent is strong enough of a word!! Thanks Stephen!! And thank you for reading this yourself; books read by the author, as this one is, add such a rich dimension!
I'm going to have to listen to this multiple times to get all that I can it of it. King's insights into the craft are among the best I've heard. He said it was short because he didn't want any bull in it. He fulfilled that promise.
I could never read more than 20 pages of a Stephen King book, until this one. King's On Writing is one of the two or three best books about the craft, and the memoir part is a delight and highly amusing. This is the sixth time I've finished the book. It always improves my thinking, which improves my writing. Plus, if it wasn't for this book, I never would have read 11/22/63.
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
I don't care for the horror genre that King mostly writes, but I truly admire him as a writer, and this book is fantastic. If you're like me and secretly wish you too could become a professional writer, then listen to this book.
the human interest is important in this story because it shows how interesting our lives really are in a story well told.
This was my first Stephen King book. It's not a horror story, which is why I read it. I'm an aspiring author, which is also why I read it.
I really liked his writing style, his vivid similes, and his naturally-delivered humor.
I liked how he used similes for the dual purpose of providing imagery while simultaneously forcing me to giggle.
Also, the actionable information was very useful. And I really appreciate that, because it's the whole reason that I picked up the book in the first place!
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