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On Writing Audiobook

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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To begin with, you've got Stephen King, a writer so talented in the art of thrill-generation that he could insert excitement into the assembly instructions for a bookshelf. Or, say, a book about writing and grammar. And that's precisely what King does in On Writing, an improbably fascinating, relentlessly compelling trip through the mind, style, life, and work of one of our greatest popular writers.

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.

Publisher's Summary

"If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write." Here is Stephen King's master class on his craft.

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.

©2000 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jett 08-22-16
    Jett 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfection"

    Absolutely loved the mix of concrete info, insight into his process, and personal anecdotes. Very inspiring and motivating.

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    Kindle Customer 08-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "best writing book ever"

    This book is the epitome of learning how to write. alongside The Elements of Style, this book is a wealth if writing knowledge. Even if you don't prefer Mr. King's brand of fiction, you can appreciate his experiences and advice as one of an expert.

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    Eric 08-05-16
    Eric 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing insight into the mind and method of one of the greatest writers"

    The book is both an autobiography and a book about writing. I expected to find the biographical portion irrelevant. It was not. Stephen's life is remarkably interesting and feeds his imaginative works. Highly recommended for any creative writer.

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    Eric Salazar 08-05-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it"

    This book is one of dozens that I own in the audio format by the great Stephen King. I am infatuated by the style in which Mr. King writes. After completing this book I feel I have a much better grasp on how the great books that have been written by Mr. King came to be. I doubt I'd ever put in the effort to see if I can write well, but knowing the steps and strategies used in Stephen King's writing process makes reading his books a bit more interesting, and it allows me to imagine parts of the story that may have existed but did not make it to publication or even to paper. It is, after all, only a matter of finding a missing piece of the fossil.

    Immediately after reading this I decided to go back to my favorite, The Stand, to see if I could recognize the things he spoke about. It was quite an enjoyable endeavor and I think anyone with an interest in such a thing should try it on at least one chapter of their favorite book.

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    1torio 08-01-16
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    "A great textbook for upcoming authors of any genre"

    This is the first and so far only book written by Stephen King that I have read. Though I'm not a fan of the genre that he writes in I loved this book! It is an autobiography and a 'how to' all in one. There is a lot of gold in there and not just for fiction thriller writers.

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    Ingrid New York, NY, United States 07-30-16
    Ingrid New York, NY, United States 07-30-16 Member Since 2016

    Eclectic physical philosopher, carbon free commuter, fitness consultant, personal trainer, non-medical nutritional counselor, yoga teacher.

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    "Enjoyable and informative read whether you're a writer or not"

    I've only read Gerald's Game but of course I have seen his movies. It's not typically my genre because I'm too terrified. But this book about writing was thoroughly interesting and really enjoyable. Now I'm much more likely to go back to reading novels like I used to much more frequently so many years ago. I really like how straightforward he is, and remember that his book was a page turner. The pleasure of that cannot be understated. Stories matter. Learning about the horrible accident he suffered and knowing that he made it through was intense and inspiring. I have the upmost respect for the man. Plus, I love the way he wrote about his wife and family.

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    "Interesting and inspiring!"

    I found this listen fascinating and inspiring. Also, I found Stephen King to be a good and entertaining reader. I am new to writing, and this helped to pique my interest.

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    Demetrica Mathews 07-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect Read"

    It read like one of his famous thought-provoking, edge of your seat books. I was drawn in until the very last word. I am not a fan of all of King's writing, by no measure, but I am now a fan of his honesty, transparency, and sincere love for writing. I love his no bull attitude.

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    Jake Eric 07-28-16
    Jake Eric 07-28-16
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    "A shining book..."

    A shining book for the mind and a rehab for writers suffering of how to write books' bullshit.

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    Barbara Blue 07-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome insight!!"

    Loved it!! I found it encouraging and very insightful. I highly recommend this for any aspiring writer.

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