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On Writing A Memoir of the Craft On Writing begins with King s childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story King next turns to the basic tools of his trade and culminates with a profoundly moving account of how

  • Title: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  • Author: Stephen King
  • ISBN: 9780743455961
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • On Writing begins with King s childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story King next turns to the basic tools of his trade and culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King s overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery If you don t have the time to read, you don t have the time or the tools to write In 1999, Stephen King beganOn Writing begins with King s childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story King next turns to the basic tools of his trade and culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King s overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery If you don t have the time to read, you don t have the time or the tools to write In 1999, Stephen King began to write about his craft and his life By midyear, a widely reported accident jeopardized the survival of both And in his months of recovery, the link between writing and living became crucial than ever Rarely has a book on writing been so clear, so useful, and so revealing On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King s childhood and his uncannily 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, will afford readers a fresh and often very funny perspective on the formation of a writer King next turns to the basic tools of his trade how to sharpen and multiply them through use, and how the writer must always have them close at hand He takes the reader through 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 Serialized in the New Yorker to vivid acclaim, On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King s overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it.

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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      ”Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy okay? Getting happy.”I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to over my lifetime who wanted to write a book. Most didn’t know what they wanted to write about, but some of them wanted to write thei [...]

    2. Madeline on said:

      Let's be honest: Stephen King is not one of the greatest writers of all time. He will never win a Pulitzer or a Nobel (he might win a Newberry though, if he ever decides to tap into the Kids/Young Adult market), and on the few times his books are featured in the New York Times Book Review, the reviewer will treat the book with a sort of haughty disdain, knowing their time could be better spent trashing Joyce Carol Oates. None of this should suggest, however, that King is not qualified to write a [...]

    3. Ariel on said:

      There's this magic thing that happens sometimes: I can't wait to reread a book I haven't even finished yet. It's a rare feeling, but one that happens whenever I'm in the midst of a new favourite book. I'm reading these amazing scenes, freaking out over fantastic passages, and already looking forward to the second time I'll read them, when they'll be even clearer and start to feel familiar.It's a rare occurrence, it only happens a few times a year, but it happened with On Writing. The moment it s [...]

    4. Fabian on said:

      So it's become very clear to me now that very few writers actually write about the craft. The only Latin American writer to do so? Mario Vargas Llosa (who took several years off of his busy novel-writing to write about his now-ex-pal Gabriel Garcia Marquez). But I suddenly forgot who the King was (no, I mean literally: I've not read him in years! High school being the prime time for Stephen King, & all): the guy has useful insight, no shit, because he is not only prolific & uber-successf [...]

    5. Wil Wheaton on said:

      I know it's like saying "puppies are cute," but it bears repeating: everyone who wants to write, whether for a living or not, simply must read this book.On Writing did more for me as a writer than anything, and any success I've found as a storyteller can be traced to my reading it.

    6. Jenny (Reading Envy) on said:

      I read this shortly after finishing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, actually it would be more accurate to say I devoured it. This is full of great writing advice, and I'll need to get a copy and read it 1-2 times a year. Most helpful? The section on grammar! Seriously, I never really learned grammar."Gould said something else that was interesting on the day I turned in my first two pieces: write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being jus [...]

    7. Riku Sayuj on said:

      The book is great and if you like writing, it is probably a must read.I could write a summary of the book, it is easy enough to summarize and there are only a few important points that King presents, but then I dont want you to get it for free. :) Go and read the book yourself, it is worth it. Rude? As King says, "if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as [...]

    8. Joe Valdez on said:

      January 6, 2018 reviewI'm kicking off my fifth year on with a re-read of the best book about writing that I've read to date. I've considered that On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft--Stephen King's contribution to the crowded field of How To Write a Novel, published in 2000--might hold this slot due to King being one of my favorite living authors. Ball players can tune out a coach who never made it in the pros quicker than a guy who did and was a superstar to boot, and I'm certainly more likely t [...]

    9. Cecily on said:

      Like the curate’s egg, this is good in parts. I can see why writers, and budding writers find this book inspirational, and fans of his oeuvre will enjoy learning how certain stories came to be. But it’s several very different books and booklets, within a single set of covers - curious that a book about writing doesn't seem to know what sort of a book it is.In one of the three forewords, King says “Most books about writing are filled with bullshit”. I found a fair bit here, too. But I als [...]

    10. Dan Schwent on said:

      Stephen King shares some stories of his past and some writing tips.This was either my fourth or fifth time reading this. I got it for Christmas around the turn of the century and I've buzz-sawed through it a few times before. The first time, I was just cutting my writing teeth. Now, with seven or eight first drafts of novels writing around, I came to the book with a completely different perspective.Most books about writing, as I've said before, are by people I've never heard of, and are akin to [...]

    11. Lizzy on said:

      It's rare to find an author that adventures into writing about his craft, but Stephen King, with On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, is not one of them. Great book: good tips (best one: write something you would want to read!) on how to write along with a nice memoir. Recommended.

    12. Hannah Greendale on said:

      On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft offers an illuminating look at Stephen King's life, highlighting moments that shaped him as an author and revealing lessons he gained from decades of practice and publication. King is unapologetically himself, blending whit and honesty with sophomoric humor and the occasional curse word. For example, when discussing the sin of using passive voice, King provides an example of how not to construct a sentence, followed by the type of commentary one can expect to fi [...]

    13. فهد الفهد on said:

      On Writing حصلت على هذا الكتاب وقرأته على الكندل، كأول تجربة لي مع هذا الجهاز الرائع والذي صنع بعناية للقراء، أكثر ما أعجبني في الكندل هو أنه يخبرك عن السطور التي أعجبت الكثير من الناس فقاموا بتظليلها، هكذا تتشارك القراءة مع كل من اشترى الكتاب وقرأه على الكندل مثلك. كتب ستيفن كنج [...]

    14. J. Kent Messum on said:

      There are countless books out there on writing, storytelling, screenwriting, style, etc. A lot of them are too formulaic and more than a bit bloody cliche. To be honest, the majority usually prove to be a waste of time. But there are a few that are great, and 'On Writing' is definitely one of them. Stephen King is a household name, no doubt, but of all Mr. King’s books, this is the one I praise the most. Part biography, part ‘How-to’ manual, this book is a must-read for anyone and everyone [...]

    15. Diane on said:

      This book on writing was even better than I expected. I loved that Stephen King shared some memories from childhood and explained how he became a writer. This book helped me knock off two goals in one: I've been trying to read the best Stephen King books (good grief, the man is prolific) and I'm trying to read more books about writing. King has good advice on ways to improve your writing, but he also has some knockout stories about his life and how they've influenced his novels. The book ends wi [...]

    16. Jason Koivu on said:

      On Writing is for me hands-down the best book I've read about the craft of writing and living the life of a writer by a writer.This is not a textbook on grammar and sentence structure. No, the subtitle very succinctly describes the contents. This is about Stephen King's journey to become a published author and his experiences in wrestling with words. To hear stories about how one of the world's most popular authors once upon a time struggled just like the rest of us mortals is refreshing. Those [...]

    17. Lou on said:

      This is a must read for writers, readers and Stephen King fans. Fully laden with inspiration to walk the walk and start that journey of writing a story of you're own from short story to a full novel. Imagine great writers of the past like Dickens around to give advice to aspiring writers it's a real opportunity to grasp. This man, Stephen King, worked hard to make himself into a writer and had sheer determination, from working all hours to pay his college education to writing his first stories i [...]

    18. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Nevisande : Stephen King - ISBN : 743455967 - ISBN13 : 9780743455961 - Dar 320 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2000

    19. Andrew Smith on said:

      This is very much a book of three parts. In the first section, King provides a series of anecdotes that seem somewhat fractured and random. They loosely cover his early years, the time before he became a successful writer. Some of the tales are a little spooky, to be honest. Others clearly portray what it was like for him, his wife and his children when he was spending long hours writing whilst also holding down a day job. He had a number of jobs, some pretty menial, but he eventually settled in [...]

    20. Elizabeth Sagan on said:

      This is a good read for someone who is either interested in Stephen King’s life or wants to become a writer and needs either tips to do it better or some motivation to keep going. If you don’t find yourself in these categories, skip this book.I’m the kind of person who would read this guy’s socks label if I could, so yeah, 5 stars.

    21. Becky on said:

      I love Stephen King. I'm not IN love with him, but I love his writing, his stories, his characters, and now, his advice: "Read a lot." (4-6 hours a day, even!) Yessir, Mr. King! Finally some advice I want to heed! OK, I should say that this is really only a small fraction of the wisdom he imparts in this book, and I neglectfully left out the "write a lot" part that immediately follows "read a lot". But I have never actually aspired to be a writer, so the reading part is good enough for me. I adm [...]

    22. Leah Williams on said:

      I wish I could give this book more than five stars. The first 100 or so pages were highly colored anecdotes from SK's childhood (did you know Stephen King had an obese, negligent babysitter who used to sit on his head and fart? me neither). I thought the whole book was going to be like this--a personal history intertwined with the occasional tip about persistence, and that was OK with me. That's how entertaining the first bit is. It certainly makes the book worth reading even for those uninteres [...]

    23. Stepheny on said:

      What better day to post a review for this book than on Stephen King’s birthday? Happy Birthday, ya crazy bastard. ;) Anyway- as most of the GR community knows I am the real life Annie Wilkes a huge fan of Stephen King. He has been a major influence in my life since I was about 10 years old. His writing changed my life. His books changed my mind; my way of thinking.Listen, not everyone knows this but I’m about to out myself. I am an aspiring writer. I don’t flash it, I don’t wave it out t [...]

    24. Paul O'Neill on said:

      The master shares his recommendations for all writers, they should pay attentionOverview – 4 starsI found this book to be more interesting than I thought it would be. There's a lot of King’s personal thoughts about his experiences in the writing business, and what made him a writer in the first place. He covers his rough experience when he got smacked by an idiot in a van in between writing this. (On) WritingThe majority of this book is dedicated to helping writers to work on their ‘toolbo [...]

    25. Arah-Lynda on said:

      I think that this was a very courageous book for Stephen King to write. And I loved the casual, conversational tone as King shares with us, glimpse’s into his life both before and after his initial success. He doesn’t pull any punches either; we see the good, the bad and the ugly. It is somehow, not at all, and exactly what I expected. In truth, I loved the memoir part best but even those parts that are instructional in the art of writing are very engaging.Is it not incredible, that such a g [...]

    26. Char on said:

      Although I have no intention of writing anything other than reviews, I found this book about writing to be interesting and chock full of good information. The first portion was autobiographical in nature, and that was the part I enjoyed most. Hearing about King's menial jobs and how hard he worked, combined with the drug and alcohol abuse and other obstacles he's overcome, made him seem more real to me, somehow. More like a regular guy. The parts on writing, even though I'm not an author, were h [...]

    27. Blake Crouch on said:

      Simply the greatest book ever written about the craft of writing. I have read it more times than I can count, and each new encounter teaches me something new. I imagine even non-writers would thoroughly enjoy Mr. King's memoir.

    28. Vitor Martins on said:

      "Escrever é mágico, é a água da vida. A água é de graça. Então beba. Beba até ficar saciado."Eu nunca tinha lido nada do Stephen King, . Comecei por Sobre a Escrita e sinto que conheci esse homem por toda a vida.Mais do que um manual sobre a arte de escrever, esse livro traz muitos ensinamentos sobre a vida. É um livro curto, direto, didático, divertido e muito envolvente! Marquei minhas passagens favoritas porque Sobre a Escrita é o tipo de livro para pegar, reler, relembrar e apren [...]

    29. Thomas on said:

      This is a fantastic book about writing - recommended to me by numerous friends and acquaintances, it did not disappoint. With most nonfiction I feel as if I do not really need to remember every detail or fact listed, but with On Writing I wish that I could. It offers an abundance of useful advice that would do any writer much good, regardless of age or experience.At first I felt unsettled by the anecdotes - when I began the novel, I expected something like "writing = grammar + salesmanship" or s [...]

    30. Наталия Янева on said:

      Обичам, когато някой ми разказва за работата си с удоволствие и можеш почти на допир да го усетиш. Аз съм от хората, които (си мислят, че) не харесват Стивън Кинг. Дори не знам дали има такъв вид хора, може да съм някакъв застрашен екземпляр. Единственото негово, което съм опитв [...]

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