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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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    zakariah FERNANDINA BEACH, FL, United States 01-14-16
    zakariah FERNANDINA BEACH, FL, United States 01-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Remarkable read! Well done Mr. King and thank you."

    I challenge you to ever find a more honest and we'll put together narration on the craft of writing. I first read "On Writing" when it was gifted to me by the Writers Guild of America in LA. Thank you Mr. King! If you are ever able to, you should come speak at the WGA during one of the 'Veterans Writing Retreat' monthly workshops. Thanks again!
    -Zakariah Bass

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    Daniel Henderson, NV, USA 01-10-16
    Daniel Henderson, NV, USA 01-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    as a person who struggles to write, these tips are invaluable. I've listened to it a dozen times.

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    "Shit was dope"

    Straight up. Even if you have no aims to turn your writing into anything but personal journals, this is worth it. Believe the hype.

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    A George 01-06-16
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    "A masterpiece"

    Wonderfully narrated by the master story teller himself. Thanks for sharing your successes and failures. This is one of those books that everyone familiar with the King's work should read. You'll find a new appreciation for his work.

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    Ive itself, so I'm doing it here. see no place to review audible itself. Bought a book to give as a gift. Came to me instead. Can't return it. Can't share it with the intended recipient. Totally unhelpful "customer service." I will NEVER buy from audible again for any reason.

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    Just_a_guy 12-23-15
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    "What a great listen"

    This was one of the best how to listens I've ever heard. Steven takes a boring topic like writing and turned it into a griping story about not only his life but his process.

    I would have never imagined his narration would have been as good as it was. It was top notch work. Super clean, and very professional.

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    Heather Bailey Higley, AZ United States 12-19-15
    Heather Bailey Higley, AZ United States 12-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Nearly as Great as I was Hoping For"

    This book wasn't nearly as great as I was hoping for. It contained a lot of memoir and only a little bit on writing as an art/craft. :-/

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    jacob 12-18-15
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    "Really great!"

    Everything was really great about it. It made it even better that Stephen read it

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    Ava Delany 12-15-15
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    I love this book. Stephen King's On Writing is part memoir, part craft book, and pure inspiration.

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    "Now I Understand How to be a Writer"

    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.

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