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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)

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    Elton 11-30-15
    Elton 11-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Breakdown From The Master Himself!

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    I read the actual book years ago and found it very enjoyable, informative, and inspirational concerning the approaches to my own writings. Listening to the Audio Book took the experience to a deeper level because I felt like he was right there, personally and intimately schooling me about The Craft... Not just writing, but ANY Creative Endeavor.

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    SeaView 11-24-15
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    "Entertaining and practical guide for writers to be"
    If you could sum up On Writing in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, honest, and encouraging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. King himself was very entertaining, as described in his autobiographical sections of the book, especially in his aspirational first days of trying to write professionally.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were really touching portions of this book - particularly when Mr. King wrote about his wife and the support she has supplied to him through the years. Also, the stories of his working class background were also impactful.


    Any additional comments?

    Only wish I could have been 'underlining' passages as I listened to this audio book...there were several sections my imagination couldn't help but try and highlight with yellow ink.

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    Amazon Customer Florida 11-23-15
    Amazon Customer Florida 11-23-15

    Author of the Fur Angel Series

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    Where does On Writing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audibook I ever listened to. I really enjoyed hearing Stephen King talk about his writing with stories of his life.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be listening to more audibooks now :0)

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    Samuel Moore 11-18-15

    Avid King reader, trying to get back into classics. Audible has replaced TV for me! love these while I on the train or working out

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    "Fantastic! Great reading"
    Would you listen to On Writing again? Why?

    I don't think there is a better expert living today on how to be a successful writer. Commercial success means people like you. Who cares if some blow-hard critic prefers Ulysses-show me a kid from the Bronx who would decide to be a writer from some esoteric dream of a weirdo and I will show you a critic who can put himself in that kid's boots and get lost on the Long Walk and write his first story based on a stroll through the South Bronx.


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    The first half of this should be in every creative writing freshman writing seminar.

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    Michael Humphrey 11-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    ""Writting is Magic""

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book it is inspired me to take my writing more seriously and to invest in the craft. the funny thing is if I write mostly technical documents and how to but I found plenty that apply to me and inspired to try my hand fiction.

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    Dave 11-08-15
    Dave 11-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Funnier than I expected"

    I intensely enjoyed and rapidly learned a lot from this book. It turns out Stephen King is a talented character voice actor. Who knew?

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    Chadwick north hollywood, CA, USA 11-04-15
    Chadwick north hollywood, CA, USA 11-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This movie was great!"

    When I received my cheese grater it was in 3 pieces. It didn't even look like the picture. But that doesn't even matter because I didn't even order a cheese grater.. I actually ordered the commemorative Warren G Harding Olympic track suit with matching shoe strings...

    I'm never eating there again!

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    Joaquin Gonzalez 10-27-15
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    "A Fantastic Perspective"

    "Writing isn't about getting money, fame, sex, or some kind of high. It's about enriching the lives of those who read your work and enriching your own in the process; it's about getting up, getting well, getting old, getting Happy!" -King

    Writing is your own, for you, and to show others about yourself. As you develop your writing, you develop yourself. As you write your story, you write about who you are. As you create art, you create yourself. This is what I understood, and this is what I'll follow

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    Taj 10-27-15
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    "Great insight for Writers and personal Journey"

    I have to say that I expected there to be a bit more of outright formulaic instruction from this book and I am glad it was not that. I appreciated a candid look at his creative process and what works for him, and it provides perspective on crafting your own rituals and practices for writing.

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    Stephen 10-27-15
    Stephen 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining knowledge"

    Great book on author. The author's story is entertaining but the writing advice requires multiple reads. Well worth the effort.

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