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)
It was a wonderful blend of memoir and instruction. Thoroughly entertaining and useful. King also preforms the book very well. I never got bored and my mind never wandered, which is saying a lot coming from me.
As a writer, I appreciate this very candid and personal discussion about the craft. Stephen King is such a compelling storyteller that he makes even a grammar lesson enjoyable. Aside from being a refresher course for anyone who writes, this book is wonderful for teenagers who tend to find traditional writing guides kinda boring.
This one stands alone, primarily because of the humor that is infused in the narrative.
He's a regular guy.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
I have listened to this twice now and love every minute. Mr. King is a master storyteller (understatement I know) and his narration is excellent. I recommend this book to any person as a book about the craft of writing and a fine piece writing it is.
astrologer and visionary
Memorable, authentic and entertaining.
This is the closest he's ever come to a memoir - and for that alone, it's worth the listen, but then he adds sensible - and educational - comments about how to write and what makes his 'cut it to the bone' style so successful.
Please persuade Mr. King to do a documentary based on this book.
Loved it. Would listen to it again.
Part memoir, part Getting Things Done, King drops one book on your table (one file in your ears, in this case), that will unwrap, pour, stir, then boil everything inside you that's ever made you believe in then retreat from your destiny as a writer. If you're unfamiliar with his personal story as I was, this will be an even greater of a treat, with mini plot twists. But at the end of the day, you're likely picking it up for inspiration, whether because you've been spinning your wheels at the start line, or feeling stuck in a muddy plateau. No matter the reason, you'll get your kick in the butt here, with a task list to boot. He's clear, he's encouraging, he's real, and funny, and he wants nothing less than the best from you, so here, he shows you how to scoop and carve it.
Both! Thank you, Mr. King!
Pleasant surprise and I love that it was read by King himself. It was like an intimate 8 hours spent listening to him tell you the story of his life and his writing. I eagerly soaked up every minute of it and am sad it came to an end!!
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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