"In On Writing, Stephen King celebrates his influences, shares his first attempts at writing, sheds new light on some of his own books, reveals his process, offers his advice, and relates in vivid detail the story of the 1999 roadside accident that nearly cost him his life. It's a first-hand guide to the writer and to writing, itself. Clear-headed, honest, and opinionated, On Writing offers a wealth of technical advice with a refreshing lack of the academic snobbery so common in writing guides, paying due respect instead to the ultimate goal of any aspiring writer, gaining a readership." Dave Weich, Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
"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.
"This straight-up book inspires without being corny, and teens suspicious of adult rhapsodies to perseverance will let down their guard and be put at ease by the book's gritty conversational tone." School Library Journal
"Recommended for anyone who wants to write and everyone who loves to read." Library Journal
"Good advice and a good, ordinary life, relayed in spunky, vivid prose, are the prime ingredients of what must be considered not at all the usual writer's guide." Booklist
"A useful book for any young writer, and a must for fans, this is unmistakably King..." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Full Dark No Stars, Blockade Billy, 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, was recently re-released in a tenth anniversary edition. King was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he was inducted as a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.