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)
After two published works and working on my third I now understand what it is to write and be a writer. You may or may not want to be one after you listen; but you will know what it is to be one.
I read the actual book years ago and found it very enjoyable, informative, and inspirational concerning the approaches to my own writings. Listening to the Audio Book took the experience to a deeper level because I felt like he was right there, personally and intimately schooling me about The Craft... Not just writing, but ANY Creative Endeavor.
Insightful, honest, and encouraging.
Mr. King himself was very entertaining, as described in his autobiographical sections of the book, especially in his aspirational first days of trying to write professionally.
There were really touching portions of this book - particularly when Mr. King wrote about his wife and the support she has supplied to him through the years. Also, the stories of his working class background were also impactful.
Only wish I could have been 'underlining' passages as I listened to this audio book...there were several sections my imagination couldn't help but try and highlight with yellow ink.
Author of the Fur Angel Series
This was my first audibook I ever listened to. I really enjoyed hearing Stephen King talk about his writing with stories of his life.
I will be listening to more audibooks now :0)
Avid King reader, trying to get back into classics. Audible has replaced TV for me! love these while I on the train or working out
I don't think there is a better expert living today on how to be a successful writer. Commercial success means people like you. Who cares if some blow-hard critic prefers Ulysses-show me a kid from the Bronx who would decide to be a writer from some esoteric dream of a weirdo and I will show you a critic who can put himself in that kid's boots and get lost on the Long Walk and write his first story based on a stroll through the South Bronx.
The first half of this should be in every creative writing freshman writing seminar.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book it is inspired me to take my writing more seriously and to invest in the craft. the funny thing is if I write mostly technical documents and how to but I found plenty that apply to me and inspired to try my hand fiction.
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.
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