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Editorial 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 ©2000 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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Caught me off guard...

I was expecting some smack waxing on about how to do x, y or z in writing well. What I got instead was an incredibly real man talking about how ordinary he is, and how his life hasn't been the adventure that everyone on the other side of his pages assumes. Stephen King was more down to earth, like I met him in a bar and he was giving me tidbits of wisdom at the cost of a cold one. Of course, he doesn't drink anymore, but that's for you to find out when you pick it up yourself. This book is a recipe of how ordinary writers are and a tool box of how to write better, as well as a tribute to the craft of writing.

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a must read for any writers!

If you are a writer. this book is for you. you're a writer when you say you are. published or not!

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A Phenomenal Book and Narration

Having been someone who's read other books on story writing, and not familiar with Stephen King's work himself, this book was very much a door-opening moment for me. The structure of the book is so well done, Stephen King gives us all the right snapshots that seemed to affect the path his life has taken. Even when he gets to the moment where Carrie is published, he doesn't hang on this moment as the triumph of becoming a successful author, he pulls back and switches on a dime to talking about that moment allowed him to take care of his mother. Turning such a powerful moment into something so much more somber and deep, it convinced me without question to go and start getting into his work.

And having the entire thing narrated by him is such a pleasure. You get all the emotion and emphasis that he'd want you to hear, his no B.S. attitude becoming all too easy to hear. And while yes, he does not have the most eloquent speaking voice, there's nobody who could've narrated a book like this better than him.

I'm a fan of his already, and I can tell that getting into much more of his work is only going to make this book feel so much more important to me.

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Inspiring and Educational for any level of writter

If you are a writer, aspire to be a writer, might possibly write something in your life you must read/listen to this book. I have read approximately fifty books on writing, learning more from this one book than all others combined. My next book will be credited to Stephen King for the insight and wisdom to do what writers need to do to be a writer. Thank you Stephen King, your insight is both educational and ageless. The insight into your life and journey as a world-renowned writer was most entertaining.

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The most useful and candid advice on writing.

No other book on the craft can put you in your place and set you on the right path as well this.

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Great content and delivery.

I will listen to this again. Hearing him read it made me feel glad I didn’t buy the book, although I will likely buy the book as well. The memoir section and the part discussing “how” to write both engaged me a lot.

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A treasure of advice from a literary legend.

My own work greatly improved after learning to think more like a novelist. King captures the spirit of what it is to write a story, outlining a palatable yet semi-technical approach to the craft. Who knew that writing about writing could be riveting. All aspiring novelists should read this... More than once probably.

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Ready, Set, Write!

After reading several books by Stephen King this book popped up on my recommendations. I had been tossing the idea around to start writing and after reading this book there was no question what had to be done. I picked up my pen a started writing.

This book is not only informative about the writing process but it tells the master of horror’s story along the way. If you are interested in writing or just like Stephen King’s work than this book is for you. “Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry”.

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Awesome writing advice!

If you’re lookin for writing advice, this is it.

From persona experience to practical advice, King delivers honest and awesome advice.

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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.