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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the publication of Stephen King's On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King's advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

Title:On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages
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  • Madeline
    Nov 28, 2009

    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 Adu...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    May 21, 2017

    ”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...

  • Fabian
    Jun 22, 2012

    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 V. Llosa (who took several years off of his busy novel-writing ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Dec 17, 2007

    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 ...

  • Wil Wheaton
    Jan 02, 2010

    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 any...

  • Riku Sayuj
    Aug 29, 2011

    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, ...

  • Dan Schwent
    Feb 07, 2008

    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 throu...

  • Cecily
    Nov 22, 2016

    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 ...

  • Lizzy
    Sep 03, 2016

    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...

  • J. Kent Messum
    Aug 16, 2013

    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 ...