On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft, Paperback Book

On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft Paperback

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There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever.

Described in the Guardian as 'the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.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 the 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, None
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9781444723250

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Divided into three parts, the first section covers Stephen King's early life, detailing how he struggled to make ends meet whilst never giving up hope that one day he'd become a successful author. Part Two offers some great advice for aspiring writers. This should prove just as helpful for established authors. Mr King's success alone is enough to make his advice worth heeding, but add to this his no-nonsense approach of explaining, and you have a good guide in your hands. I've read this second part of the book twice.Part Three depicts the life of a superstar author's real life dance with death. Having one day set off for a walk like many times before, Mr King did not expect to be knocked down by a vehicle and be seriously hospitalized. Here he details how he coped, recovered, and recommenced his life as one of the greatest horror writers of all time.

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Written very much like his novels - basic, shallow, but readable.

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This is one of those books that I've meant to read for years but it never seems to be quite the time. Yeah, I probably shouldn't have put it off so long. I've found that a lot of writing guides get to fixated on 'this is how I do it' they don't take in the broader picture, this is very much not that. In fact, it's not a writing guide at all but more a guide to how Stephen King became a writer and some of the most useful things he picked up along the way. I certainly found it useful. Some of it I knew, but it was good to hear it confirmed. Some of it, particularly the stuff about editing, was new and me and interesting for that. Definitely a book worth reading if you write.

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