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)
Great guide for writing. Memoir part is great and the writing tips are really helpful. King's performance of the text is quality. I appreciated both the writing and writing tips and the reading.
YES. The writing advice is highly practical, and King reads it with such a personal flair that I can't imagine having digested this book any other way.
I felt like he was reading it just to me - his inflections, his unique voice and tone, it made it a journey I will revisit often.
Highly inspired to get my writing career going, and will now use "Uncle Stephen" as the mentor in my head.
Surprisingly candid. Great story telling.
Thoughtful, honest and spellbinding. A book that could only have been narrated by Mr. King. A great opportunity to learn from the master. The audio adds immeasurably to the story.
Stephen King. It turns out that he is, in no way, the monster that I had envisioned prior to hearing his book. Whomever decided to allow Mr. King to narrate his book deserves a gold star and a seat at the head of the class.
The entire story/presentation was not unlike the beginning of an earthquake. Just enough rumbles to get going and then swallowing up the listener with wonderful stories. Bravo!
Maybe another "inside" story by the author?
I would listen again because King's encouragement and style are engaging and fascinating.
Strunk & White meet Frankenstein
His telling of the accident.
Yes if they are a Stephen King fan and if they were even thinking about becoming a writer
This is the first one
When he was writing in the laundry room of the trailer and threw away Carrie and Tabitha rescued it from the round filing cabinet
He was definitely a little different then what I had imagined him to be
The personal memoir was entertaining and encouraging, but it was much longer on 'memoir' than it was on 'craft'.
Smooth and consistent.
No. Not that sort of book.
As a memoir of the craft, I had hoped that the discussion of craft would be deeper. I certainly don't regret the time spent with it, but there weren't really any new revelations about the craft of writing, just reiterating things I've heard from others or figured out on my own. Perhaps that just means I'm on the right track.
I decided to listen to this audiobook, to get inspiration to work on my dissertation. Even though it is a completely different type of writing, this audiobook provided grammatical guidance, ideas for developing writing style, and more importantly ideas for developing in the habits of mind and practice essential to getting started and completing the project.
All the while, King tells us bits of his personal life story to illustrate points and to explain where his ideas came from. Wow.
Recently I've listened to his 11 /22/ 63, which is an amazing book, and between these two books, I really have developed an appreciation for King's ability to think through complicated storylines, and to narrate in very simple language. This is a skill we all could use.
Spoiler alert: King tells us about his terrible car accident in the summer of 2001 at the end of this book. He continued to work at On Writing while recovering. This alone was worth the purchase price for me. I can't recommend this book more highly. ( With apologies to Stephen for using an adverb.)
Hearing Stephen King read this himself. His voice adds so much.
All of it. His tips are amazing. Understanding his past really makes it come alive.
It felt like we were having a conversation. Very 'personal' experience
Inspires me to keep writing
I was born in 1967. Haven't died yet.
Before I bought this I had finished reading only one Stephen King book and listened to only a couple on audio. The one I managed to finish was only 148 pages long so I wouldn't call myself a "fan." Especially since I've started several of his books in the last thirty years and just given up on them.
So why did I purchase "On Writing?" Well, I am a writer trying to make a switch to mainstream fiction, and who else has been more successful AND written a book with advice on how he did it AND been available on Audible?
The experiment was a success as far as I am concerned. The book gives lots of insight into the publishing industry as well as where he got some of his ideas. He courageously gives opinions on his stories and other writers which, more often than not made me shrug and think, "That's pretty accurate, I guess..." His personal history was pretty cool too, and it's always nice for writers to see that someone is actually doing what we want to do. Realistically, even if I do break into writing, I'm not likely to replicate King's success- none of us are- but to think that you might be able to make a living at it is nice, even if it is a LOOOOOONG shot.
Mr King's narration is fine. He's not as expressive as Simon Preble, but he knows his material! I've thought for years that he wasn't the best narrator of his books because his women sound like his men and his dialogue often sounds like his exposition, but I realized as I listened to this that it doesn't matter that much. He may not be a great "actor" but he tells a heckuva story. Now I think I've been unfair to him.
I don't think a recap of the book is appropriate here. If you look at the cover you know what it's about. The only thing you really require from a review is whether it does a good job with what it sets out to do. My answer is- yes, it does. The greatest thing I can say about this audio book is that it makes me want to go out and buy the hard copy- not because I wouldn't listen again, I will, but because I want to use it as a reference.
If you're on the fence (and I was at one point), I say take the leap. You'll enjoy it.
I'm a 26 Year Old going for my MA in Theology.
Beside the context of this book I greatly enjoyed the fact that King himself narrates this insight on writing.
I won't give that away however I'll just say you should purchase this book to find-out,
I won't give that away, again, however I'll just say you should purchase this book to find-out,
Absolutely, once you get started your stuck in awe as if listening to your Grand Parents telling you about the olden day's...
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