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)
I dont care if you want to learn how to write or not, this is just alot of fun to listen too. Stephen dips into his childhood for inspiration and nuggets of wisdom for the listner. At times funny, educational and down right interesting but also for a good deal of the book it is autobiographical. Stephen does not tell you how to write a novel he mostly just tells you how he writes a novel and in between he shares a little education, some advice for the serious minded, and references to be used. All in all this was for me a fun book to listen to particularly delighting in Stephens sarcasm and wit.
This book was very interesting. King really shows how his whole life goes into his writing. I was very motivated after reading it. It is a very good book on the craft of writing and what a career in the business takes on a personal level.
Part autobiography, part writing guide, all enjoyable. Read by King himself--not ordinarily my favorite narrator, but he does great with this.
You don't have to be a Stephen King fan to benefit from this book. The history of Stephen's life is a fascinating how-to in writing. If he can do it, you can too. His tips on writing and self-editing are a must-have for writers!
But that's okay. It's kind of narrative of his life, including his horrible accident, with digressions into his advice on writing. More inspirational than practical. Also, he sounds remarkably normal for somebody who writes the books he writes.
I am astounded by this book.
It had been recommended to me several times, but because I am not a fan of his type of fiction, I found ways to ignore it. Then all of a sudden I found myself with a build up of credits on Audible and thought what the heck.
For anyone who wants to write, this book is a must.Whether it is his own story, which he tells honestly and modestly, or his writing advice, which is warm, genuine, and more helpful than any number of other writing aides, I can't imagine my bookshelf without a copy, And yes, that does mean that I will have to have a hard copy besides my audio version.
SK reads the book himself which is a complete pleasure as he gets the intonations and the pacing just right. It is as if he is sitting across from you and sharing a cozy evening's conversation. Thank you, Mr. King!!
I am a fan of Stephen King, so I enjoy hearing his voice for this work. I'm not a great student of writing books, but I do write. As writing books go, I like the earlier portions relating to life and experience but as it gets more or less technical, I don't know that I could rate it beyond average. But then, I've not read any I loved yet.
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