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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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    "Simple and direct American"

    Love how uncomplicated and down to it Mr. King approaches his life. Hardworking dedicated and honest. No ego here.

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    "Autobiography Mixed With Practical Advice"

    King is a terrific narrator of the story of his writing life and lessons learned.

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    The first three chapters focus on his personal life. Starting in chapter 4 you begin the real heart of the book and it will change your way of writing forever.

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    Monica L. McClellan 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thank you, Mr. King"

    I read this book when it was first published, and I am reading it again. This time with the seriousness of getting started. Listening to the Audible version is like being guided by a good friend. Mr. King is both honest and kind in how he advises the beginning writer. What I loved most about this book is his humility.

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    "Thank you, Stephen"

    I found myself at a crossroads after writing and publishing my first novel, and finding a nominal amount of success, as to whether or not I would be able to do it again. This book was recommended to me by a friend and owner of my local indie bookstore. It served as a roadmap back to the place that made writing my first book such a joy. So thank you, Stephen. Books two and three are nearly finished and I have no doubts they will both go on to accomplish what I originally sat down to write them for in the first place. To make myself a happier person and give my kids a reason to believe that they are capable of doing anything.

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    "Learn More about King than Writing"

    A bit remedial for more advanced writers, but helpful to beginning writers even though much of it is advice I'd warn people to stay away from.

    It definitely gives you insight into Stephen King and his writing more than anything.

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    "Excellent(ly) told story on writing"

    Appreciated the story of what it takes to become a writer, the tools and skills you need, and the work, all wrapped up like a Christmas present of a memoir of a commercially successful master of story telling.

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    Deidre 10-08-17
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    "The Master"

    Stephen King remains the master and while it will make me outdated beyond my years to say so, his constant and casual habit of taking the Lord’s name in vain made it hard to finish. I know. I know. It’s Stephen King what on earth did I expect. What I did manage to get through was the rich storytelling that I love.

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    twenty years after he wrote it, yet still fresh and an important work. read. write.

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