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  • On Writing (New English Library Ltd) – Mass-market paperback (2001)
    by Stephen King

    On Writing

    Mass-market paperback, New English Library Ltd
    2001
    English
    New edition. New edition.
    384 pages

    ISBN: 034076998X
    ISBN-13: 9780340769980

    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 ... Show more

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Reviews of On Writing

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Sillylass

Stephen King may be the most interesting man alive

by Sillylass on Jan 20, 2008

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.

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rainbow

famous horror writers views on writing fiction

by rainbow on Jul 24, 2007

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

di3501

Every writer can benefit from this book

by di3501 on May 17, 2007

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.

Louloubelle

There's a reason why he's King

by Louloubelle on May 7, 2007

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.

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