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On Writing Audiobook

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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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)

"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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    Kiky0 02-16-17
    Kiky0 02-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    As an aspiring writer, the book was very inspiring. It's so great that Stephen King himself voiced the audiobook. Definitely a fun and informative book.

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    Davina Rush 02-07-17
    Davina Rush 02-07-17 Member Since 2016

    Writer and illustrator, gardener, cook and mother... A woman with too many hats to name!

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    "LOVED THIS!"

    Okay, to be honest, when I first downloaded this book and started listening, I had trouble getting into it. I don't know if I was just in a bad frame of mind at the moment or if this book just takes a moment to get into it. So, I started the book but ended up putting it down (I'm ashamed to even admit this now! lol). About a month or so later, after a friend mentioned the book, I thought maybe I'd give it another shot and really push through. Since then I have listened to this book all the way through THREE TIMES... In fact, I decided that I liked it so much that I bought the paperback copy too! I absolutely love this book. I think it just takes a little bit to get into it is all, but once you get going it's really an amazing and inspirational read. I highly recommend this for all aspiring and established writers.

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    Kellye J. 02-05-17
    Kellye J. 02-05-17 Member Since 2017

    I exist!

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    "Great book"

    Wouldn't expect anything less. As a writer I feel encouraged. I also enjoyed the stories he told. Very good listen

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    Arthur Prilutzki Israel 02-02-17
    Arthur Prilutzki Israel 02-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Read it!"

    I have to say, when I started listening to this book, I sure that I got stuck again with an author that just wants to write his own autobiography. But this book proved me wrong on more than one occasion.
    This book ended up changing my whole perception on writing, and I'll be forever thankful for that.
    So like I said in the title: "Read it!"

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    nitejoker 01-31-17
    nitejoker 01-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Who knew."

    Mr. King's advice and insight how to write is a great read and worth it.

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    S. Yates 01-25-17
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    "A window into King's mind"
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    A neat little book, perfectly blending memoir with writing guide. King is a wonderful and humorous teacher, both encouraging and to the point. There are nuggets of wisdom, solid advice, excellent examples, and a little window into his own writing process. King's personality shines on each page, and his honesty and openness are gratifying. Highly, highly, highly recommended.

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    Miles 01-12-17
    Miles 01-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    Like many fans, I've enjoyed King's books. This was a wonderful memoir. What's funny is his narration has really improved!! He could pick up side work reading other folks books.

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    Kingston 01-11-17
    Kingston 01-11-17

    Say something about yourself!

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    What did you love best about On Writing?

    It was interesting, very funny and had practical advice for anyone who has thought about writing. It was better than expected, and listening to King was great.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    He sounds like he enjoys telling stories, not just writing them. He has great comedic timing and at times had me laughing out loud


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    IA 01-01-17
    IA 01-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"

    I'm a casual writer that just writes as a hobby. I've never taken the craft too seriously. I more jut have fun with it when the mood hits me. But a friend asked me to read this and I found it inspirational and fascinating! I learned a lot from it and look forward to applying King's advice to my work. Honestly, I probably enjoyed the biographical stuff the most! He's led a fascinating life and to learn where one of the most successful authors of our age came from and how he got his start was encouraging and fun to read (I also have the paperback). I would definitely recommend this for someone who's new to the craft or are considering attempting to write full time. Stephen King stayed true to his own advice in this book. He was honest and it definitely shows. Thanks, Mr. King! Great work!

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    Mary K. Howe Albuquerque, NM United States 12-28-16
    Mary K. Howe Albuquerque, NM United States 12-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Holds up"

    King discusses his life and process, revealing wisdom I have not heard elsewhere. He has compelling arguments for getting the first draft down and also for putting it away before you get too fancy with it. Overall, an honest and generous contribution. Would love an updated edition, but still a wellspring.

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