An autobiographical portrait of Stephen King's home life, his family and his traumatic recent accident. He offers an insight into his world as well as analysis, advice and instruction on writing. Find out what books and films influenced the young writer, his first idea for a story, the true life tale that inspired "Carrie". Citing examples of his ...
An autobiographical portrait of Stephen King's home life, his family and his traumatic recent accident. He offers an insight into his world as well as analysis, advice and instruction on writing. Find out what books and films influenced the young writer, his first idea for a story, the true life tale that inspired "Carrie". Citing examples of his work and those of his contemporaries such as John Grisham and Raymond Chandler, King gives tips for writers on how to avoid pitfalls and how to use the tools of the trade from building characters to pace and plotting, the importance of dialogue and description - as well as practical advice on presentation and representation. Discover the symbolism, themes and the three deep interests that power all his work.
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Stephen King may be the most interesting man alive
Stephen King's "On Writing" is truly one of the best books I've ever read. As well as being a fantastic writing tool, it is a captivating mix of autobiography and personal experience. "On Writing" takes the reader on an emotional journey where you begin to feel like Stephen King is talking directly to you. In fact, I was so swept up in his fascinating life that it made me sad to realize when I finished the book that he wasn't really there hanging out with me, his new best friend :-) While a good portion of the book is about writing, I would wager that someone without the desire to write would still find this highly enjoyable. This would be particularly true for fans of King's novels because he shares many of his personal experiences that either assisted or hindered with the writing of certain works. It's like being given an extra look into the lives of the characters you love or hate while also seeing right into the mind of the King of Horror. "On Writing" really boosted Stephen King into the stratosphere for me. The honest recalling of events from King's childhood will make you laugh out loud (really), they will make you cringe in horror and they will also make you realize how lucky we are to catch a peek into the mind of such a creative and creepy man.
Jul 24, 2007
famous horror writers views on writing fiction
a helpful book, that cover briefly the authors childhood background and then the book is largely devouted to writing iteself the most useful advice being on style, grammer and the importance to read read and read and equally write
May 17, 2007
Every writer can benefit from this book
A very well written and inspiring book on Stephen King's early years and struggles as a writer. I found it encouraged and validated my writing efforts and I am sure it will for others.
May 7, 2007
There's a reason why he's King
This book offers a rare and entertaining glimpse into the process of one of the most prolifically successful writers of all time. King approaches the subject with great insight and dry wit ensuring a thoroughly enjoyable read for fans, budding authors and book lovers alike. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. As a writer it is one of the most useful and relatable texts I have found on the subject. On Writing is now a much loved addition to my reference library.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-07-31 "No one ever asks [popular novelists] about the language," Amy Tan once opined to King. Here's the uber-popular novelist's response to that unasked question a three-part book whose parts don't hang together much better than those of the Frankenstein monster, but which, like the monster, exerts a potent fascination and embodies important lessons and truths. The book divides into memoir, writing class, memoir. Many readers will turn immediately to the final part, which deals with King's accident last year and its aftermath. This material is tightly controlled, as good and as true as anything King has written, an astonishing blend of anger, awe and black humor. Of Bryan Smith (who drove the van that crushed King) watching the horribly wounded writer, King writes, "Like his face, his voice is cheery, only mildly interested. He could be watching all this on TV...." King's fight for life, and then for the writing life, rivets attention and inflames admiration as does the love he expresses throughout for his wife, novelist Tabitha. The earlier section of memoir, which covers in episodic fashion the formation of King the Writer, is equally absorbing. Of particular note are a youthful encounter with a babysitter that armchair psychologists will seize upon to explain King's penchant for horror, and King's experiences as a sports reporter for the Lisbon, Maine, Weekly Express, where he learned and here passes on critical advice about writing tight. King's writing class 101, which occupies the chewy center of the book, provides valuable advice to novice scribesDalthough other than King's voice, idiosyncratic and flush with authority, much of what's here can be found in scores of other writing manuals. What's notable is what isn't here: King's express aim is to avoid "bullshit," and he manages to pare what the aspiring writer needs to know from idea to execution to sale to a few simple considerations and rules. For illustration, he draws upon his own work and that of others to show what's good prose and what's not, naming names (good dialogue: Elmore Leonard; bad dialogue: John Katzenbach). He offers some exercises as well. The real importance of this congenial, ramshackle book, however, lies neither in its autobiography nor in its pedagogy, but in its triumphant vindication of the popular writer, including the genre author, as a writer. King refuses to draw, and makes a strong case for the abolition of, the usual critical lines between Carver and Chandler, Greene and Grisham, DeLillo and Dickens. Given the intelligence and common sense of his approach, perhaps his books' many readers will join him in that refusal. 500,000 first printing. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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