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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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    Rabidmonkeys 09-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "death to adverbs"

    This book helped summarize the bits I've never learned over my years and inspired me in unexpected ways.

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    wes/ aka Wes/ aka/ Keith share where I live. What a Novel idea. ummm a houseccomes to.mind. 09-02-15
    wes/ aka Wes/ aka/ Keith share where I live. What a Novel idea. ummm a houseccomes to.mind. 09-02-15 Member Since 2015

    have one. but thanks any. use

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    "On Guard_aka (figure it out)"

    Words of wisdom, wisdom of words.. Read ,herd and you may succeed. or you may just suck.
    Caution, a smattering of talent bis required, and will help you on your way.. Toss in a little luck, a lot of effort, a dash of work, coupled with patience , and perseverance. Maybe s chocolate chip cookie, and have at it. if at first you don't succeed, try again, and again,and again. If this becomes to much like work, try a new vocation. Flipping burgers might be fun.

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    Tristan 08-29-15
    Tristan 08-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "King nails it."
    What made the experience of listening to On Writing the most enjoyable?

    King does a killer job reading his own words with personality. I'm glad I got the audio-book so I could hear him pour his attitude into the work. Using his memoir to describe his craft works brilliantly because it draws the reader in with a narrative and provides plenty of examples of good writing.


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    Robert G. Hudspeth Jr. Dallas, TX 08-29-15
    Robert G. Hudspeth Jr. Dallas, TX 08-29-15

    My affection for and usage of audiobooks has been snowballing at a steady rate.

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    "Stephen King NARRATES!!!"

    If you look through the many Stephen King titles available audiobook, you might also notice that he never narrates his own words. I mean, I can't say that I blame him. He's a writer. Not, necessarily, a performer. I was still very excited to see that a book that I had been already looking forward to experiencing via Audible, was told by the author. I'm relatively new to Audible and don't have anywhere near the amount of titles under my belt as most. Of the upteen titles that I HAVE listened to, I'd say that 1/3 were read by the author. For me, it gives a great deal more to the narrative.
    Anyway, the first quarter of the book is autobiographical. That's all well and good, I was just hoping for something a bit more technical. Well, my friends, be careful what you wish for. After Mr. King speaks a bit about his humble beginnings, his unexpected success and his addiction problem, he gets VERY technical regarding how to write a book.
    With sentences like "The comma is NOT your friend.", you might want to find him waxing philosophical about wiping his own ass with Poison Ivy leaves, as he mentions more than once in the first 50, or so, pages.
    Otherwise, this is an audiobook that I will wear the "F" out. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE to hear my heroes dissect their craft. This is a great one, no matter HOW MUCH I criticize it in order to sound smart. Everyone who wants to write fiction should read and/or listen to this book. - BOB

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    William Straten Dallas, TX 08-17-15
    William Straten Dallas, TX 08-17-15
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    "On Writing is the very best book on writing!"

    I'll bet I've read a hundred books on this general subject, and I just don't think there is another one as good as "On Writing" at explaining - in a humble and matter of fact way - how the craft and process work. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Stephen King is doing the explaining. I flat out love this book and have listened to or read it multiple times. If you're interested in the subject, I am about as sure as I can be that you will love it too.

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    Zoraida Cespedes 08-13-15
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    "A must for all writers of any genre"

    This book is priceless. Stephen King uses candid accounts of his life story to give writing advice.

    The book is entertaining and informative. A must read for all authors of any genre.

    It was a special treat to hear his own voice reading his own book.

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    A. Collins Tampa Bay, FL 08-10-15
    A. Collins Tampa Bay, FL 08-10-15

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    "Loved it!"

    Down to earth, very helpful, and also a fun read! I'm glad I read it!

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    Kim Skovde, Sweden 08-09-15
    Kim Skovde, Sweden 08-09-15

    Hi! I´m a feminist-nerd-artist-batman-geek from Sweden. English is not my native language, which might appear in my book reviews.

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    "For the creative mind"

    I am not a writer but an artist that makes prints and drawings. Still, this book was the perfect handbook for my creative mind. I loved it!!!

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    spiker 08-06-15
    spiker 08-06-15
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    Would you listen to On Writing again? Why?

    Yes. Stephen King gives helpful insights into his writing process and how he develops stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen, of course.


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The inflection and tone were just as he intended and therefore gave the best opportunity to get his true meaning to the text.


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

    No


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    Marissa 07-31-15
    Marissa 07-31-15
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    "Absolutely wonderful"

    Brilliant. In love with Stephens personality and writing. Sans bullshit. I only wish all my favorite writers would write a book like this.

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