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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft | [Stephen King]

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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)

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    Pablo 10-01-12
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    "Autobiografy and learning to write"
    What made the experience of listening to On Writing the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed knowing the motivations of Stephen to write his books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen was the most important character in the story because it is mostly an autobiography.


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    Stephen San Diego, CA, United States 09-24-12
    Stephen San Diego, CA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm just this guy, y'know?

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    "Helpful and targeted advice..."

    I feel like I should be able to write a longer and better review after having read it. :)

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    Diane 09-04-12
    Diane 09-04-12
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    "Delicious Stephen King without the scary."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Stephen's creative perspective comes through so powerfully in this book. His background story and life experiences folded in amongst the knowledge he shares on the writing process make this book a very entertaining as well as informative read.


    What other book might you compare On Writing to and why?

    I don't know if comparison is the right word but "On Writing" makes me think of "The Dancing Mind" by Toni Morrison. Toni's book makes me think of why I'd want to write. Stephen's book points me to the how. Both books I reread or re-listen to often. Toni's is only ten pages so rereading is easy and quick. Stephens I have on my MP3 player so easy access on the train or wherever.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    The poetic pauses just before a particularly funny line like, "I have to push." are very well done. But his general delivery was delightful. I was walking into a CVS while listening to "On Writing" for the first time. Stephen was relaying the babysitter, "Eula/Beulah" story. I had to pull my earbuds out of my ears because I was howling so loudly. I wasn't just looking like the crazy lady that talks to herself as she wanders through the store. More like the "grab the kids and move away from, off her rocker" kind of lady. It was hysterical.

    Even the story about dropping the cinder block on his toes as a two year old was a really enjoyable story to listen to. I could see the small child's determination to place that cinder block in preparation for his really big show.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "I have to push." No no just kidding. "It's about the day job. It's about the language."


    Any additional comments?


    Loved it!

    I'd like to say that when I grow up I want to write just like Stephen King (and Toni Morrison). I'm 52 now so I'm going to work on it but it might be the next life time.

    Very Entertaining.

    How about an online course Stephen? Non accredited of course unless that's something you're in to. But wow oh wow I would love to take that course. It would have to be the basics for someone like me but I'd sign on for whatever you'd decide to share on the writing process.

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    Roland 09-04-12
    Roland 09-04-12
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    "Great but there's one thing you..."

    The audio book was great, I can't deny that, but Stephen King doesn't practice what he preaches. Most of his novels are a lesson in complex word discovery.

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    Coalition Deadboys Podcast Spanish Fork, UT, United States 08-21-12
    Coalition Deadboys Podcast Spanish Fork, UT, United States 08-21-12
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    "Instructions from a Master"

    Stephen King is arguably one of the greatest writers of our time, and On Writing is his attempt to give those new to writing the tools and encouragement they need in order to write better fiction. If I could boil my review down to one word, it would be: incredible.

    The audiobook is narrated by King himself, which adds a lot to the emotion and pacing of the text. You get a natural spoken rhythm, along with a clarity that you may not get with somebody else reading it if there is a confusing part in the prose. Those two things come together to make this a short but very enjoyable listen.

    As for the actual text, King splits the book up into two halves: his CV, or basically everything that happened up until he started writing the book, and On Writing where he talks about the nuts and bolts of writing. His stories are interesting and every word is engaging. I believe it was Brandon Sanderson that said that "Stephen King can write excitement into a set of IKEA assembly instructions." It's true. There is a section on the importance of vocabulary and grammar that I was able to listen to with rapt attention, despite the fact that it can be one of the most boring topics imaginable. Granted, he didn't get into how to construct a sentence, but that wasn't his intention.

    This is a fantastic read. Or listen. To hear one of the modern masters describing his own experiences and processes gives us an insight into what it really means to write, to read and to experience the magic and telepathy involved in literature. It is magic, after all. I just want to finish this review with a short quote that I found particularly inspirational from the book:

    "Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. Much of [this book] has been about how you can do it better. The rest of it ... is a permission slip. You can, you should and if you're brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic. As much the water of life as any other creative art. The water's free. So drink. Drink and be filled up."

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    sharon CIBOLO, TX, United States 08-20-12
    sharon CIBOLO, TX, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Memoir on life and writing"
    What made the experience of listening to On Writing the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King is a great fiction writer. His story of his life is just as candid and vivid. This is a good book for those interested in writing and see how fiction reflect reality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Writing?

    I enjoyed the events that was going on in Stephen King's life with the stories he was writing.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    He was funny.


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    Eliud Pizarro United States 08-20-12
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    "Stephen King's Memoir, Helpful - Informative."
    Would you consider the audio edition of On Writing to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the printed version, but to hear the words come out of the legend writer's mouth is far more appealing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Writing?

    Besides the posion ivy? I have to say is the odd jobs that he had before hitting it big time.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, this is the first one, and it won't be the last.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The persistence that Tabitha had on King, they are good for each other.


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't mainly on teaching about writing, it is a book more about the writer but he does give amazingly helpful tips on what to do. This is a must read for King fans and those who wish to become writers themselves, learn and see how the legend went from regular joe to master of the craft.

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    Clayton Tomball, Tx, United States 08-11-12
    Clayton Tomball, Tx, United States 08-11-12
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    "Fantastic Read For The Aspiring Writer"
    What made the experience of listening to On Writing the most enjoyable?

    The experience of reading this book was definitely more enjoyable due to it being read by Stephen King himself.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a "must" read for anyone who feels they can be a little bit better with their writing. I had to read this book for school, however I came to enjoy and understand all the details that go into the average writer's pieces.

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    Arthur Lueder Los Alamos, NM USA 07-31-12
    Arthur Lueder Los Alamos, NM USA 07-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "More Fun Than I Expected"

    This book was a gift and I expected it to be a chore to read. I couldn't have been more mistaken.The first half of the book is about him growing up and many times I was bursting out laughing at his stories. The second half is more about writing and though dryer is solid advice from the world famous author.

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    Carolyn 07-23-12
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    "Very Interesting, well written and well performed"

    The story was not what I expected, but true to his ability, Stephen King delivered an interesting and enjoyable book. I learned more about Stephen, about writing and enjoyed hearing the writer's voice. I highly recommend the book for entertainment as well as for knowledge about writing.

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