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On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft

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Stephen King

8 Hours 0 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

October 2000

Audio Book 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 wriiter'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.

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  • Andy Parker

    This is worth the read even if you're not planning to write a book. But then it might just inspire you to put pen to paper.

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  • Gabe J

    Pretty good. I guess the best thing about it was the telling of personal stories. The “no magic bullet” piece is spot on. I disagree with never using adverbs, but I suppose to each his own. The narration was good.

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  • Tamara Schuman

    The stories were well structured and helped me explain to others the craft of writing. Regardless of the reason why I chose to relate some of the instructions to my students, the book offers an entertaining view on the nuances of the crafting of a story.

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  • Jerry Hawkins

    A can't miss for King fans and anyone interested in him, his writing and telling their own soul's stories

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  • Julie L.

    I love how blunt he is! Tells it like it is, straight shooter, doesn't sugar coat anything. Love the autobiographical aspect with the stories and the very very end with the life advice is the best part! Thanks Stephen!

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  • Jenifer G.

    Highly motivational and loaded with excellent advice for new writers. He didn't have to finish this book - so grateful he did.

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  • Susan M.

    Stephen King’s audio book was amazing because i felt he was sitting in the passenger seat of my car, rallying me to write. It impacted me so much that i bought a laptop and began writing for pleasure! Love this audiobook and plan to use it as a resource for inspiration!

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  • Jamie Baker

    Fantastic! Real advise for success. So glad I "read" this book:). And, thank you, Stephen King, for sharing your expertise and brilliance with the rest of us!

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