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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (10th Anniversary Edition)

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Whether or not you read Stephen King's fiction, if you're interested in writing, you'll love this book. Now in a handsome paperback anniversary edition.
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"Long live the King" hailed Entertainment Weekly upon 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.

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"On Writing had more useful and observant things to say about the craft than any book since Strunk and White's The Elements of Style." Roger Ebert

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"On Writing...made me think of King as I think of The Beatles. Both hit it big early. Both used their popularity to grow, experiment, study, and learn from others. King is still at, still telling stories after all these years." USA Today

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"A one-of-a-kind classic." The Wall Street Journal

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"This is a special book, animated by a unique intelligence, and filled with useful truth." Michael Chabon

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"The best book on writing. Ever." The Plain Dealer

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“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon 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.

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Under the Dome, Just After Sunset, the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Lisey's Story and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Darahlee10, July 10, 2013 (view all comments by Darahlee10)
When growing up he shared many accounts that give thoughtful insight into age groups. These everyday life events could possibly be understood by any number of families. More recently within his immediate family circle there are encouraging life successes also. These successes build a progressive direction in writing while enjoying family life.
Importantly he listens to others applying this to dialogue and character building in fiction. Fictional characters are not drawn directly from real life. His instruction is well explained for good storytelling, covering skills for the aspects of writing.
Many examples with further reading are given in his outstanding book. I learned enlightening connections in this well written book and highly recommend it.
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smilesndeed, July 22, 2012 (view all comments by smilesndeed)
Very much in tune with what most folks undestanding King has not only been a writer for most of his life but a darn successful writer at that. King tells us that writing must be a labor of love, not just a pipe dream. He relates many a tale within these pages that solidify how a writer, whom wants to be read by masses, must write-read, write-read more and then follow that up with even more writing-reading nearly every single day...as most of us do some activity repeatedily inside our regular jobs. That is why King has been successful, plain and simple, he has worked out his obsession with story-telling very well. I continue to believe to the benefit of others.

What makes this so good, is that King reveals the common sounding yet hard way to be a writer.

It will challenge any one who thinks that they could write a novel just as easily as it seems his books come out...but I dare say, "try it yourself" and see if you can get past page twenty, I haven't yet and King averages 600 pages for his books or so since 2004.
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ISBN:
9781439156810
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
Prose style, story telling, narrative, Stephen king, king, word choice, chapters, sentences, how to write, dialogue, exposition, art of fiction, john gardner, mfa, science fiction, verbs, nouns, adjectives, grammar, novel, short story, write like King, wr
Subject:
Prose style, story telling, narrative, Stephen king, king, word choice, chapters, sentences, how to write, dialogue, exposition, art of fiction, john gardner, mfa, science fiction, verbs, nouns, adjectives, grammar, novel, short story, write like King, wr
Subject:
Prose style, story telling, narrative, Stephen king, king, word choice, chapters, sentences, how to write, dialogue, exposition, art of fiction, john gardner, mfa, science fiction, verbs, nouns, adjectives, grammar, novel, short story, write like King, wr
Subject:
Prose style, story telling, narrative, Stephen king, king, word choice, chapters, sentences, how to write, dialogue, exposition, art of fiction, john gardner, mfa, science fiction, verbs, nouns, adjectives, grammar, novel, short story, write like King, wr
Subject:
Prose style, story telling, narrative, Stephen king, king, word choice, chapters, sentences, how to write, dialogue, exposition, art of fiction, john gardner, mfa, science fiction, verbs, nouns, adjectives, grammar, novel, short story, write like King, wr
Subject:
Prose style, story telling, narrative, Stephen king, king, word choice, chapters, sentences, how to write, dialogue, exposition, art of fiction, john gardner, mfa, science fiction, verbs, nouns, adjectives, grammar, novel, short story, write like King, wr
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 11.585 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Whether or not you read Stephen King's fiction, if you're interested in writing, you'll love this book. Now in a handsome paperback anniversary edition.

"Review" by , "On Writing had more useful and observant things to say about the craft than any book since Strunk and White's The Elements of Style."
"Review" by , "On Writing...made me think of King as I think of The Beatles. Both hit it big early. Both used their popularity to grow, experiment, study, and learn from others. King is still at, still telling stories after all these years."
"Review" by , "A one-of-a-kind classic."
"Review" by , "This is a special book, animated by a unique intelligence, and filled with useful truth."
"Review" by , "The best book on writing. Ever."
"Synopsis" by , “Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon 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.
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