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Description

"Not since Dickens has a writer had so many readers by the throat…. King's imagination is vast. He knows how to engage the deepest sympathies of his readers…. It is part biography, part collection of tips for the aspiring writer. In the final chapters, King tells, in graphic details, the story of his recent accident…. a bizarre and absorbing story, told brilliantly by one of the great storytellers of our time."
Guardian

In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book is the extraordinary result.

©2000 Stephen King (P)2000 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critiques

"This is the written equivalent of Delia Smith's How To Cook. And, like British home cooking, the world of popular fiction will be better off for it." ( The Times)

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It's interesting to learn how he write

It's interesting to know about his life, how he lives his life of successful writer, and some advices and guidelines on writing well

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  • Karen
  • 10/09/2012

Part 'How to' part Autobiographical

Would you consider the audio edition of On Writing to be better than the print version?

Yes - easier to access for busy budding writers

What other book might you compare On Writing to and why?

None, Stephen King's advice and narration are so easy to listen to and his honesty is very inspiring.

Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, Bag of Bones, love his voice, this was a different type of book and very easy to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was very moved when he admitted and owned his alcoholism.

Any additional comments?

I love his message, writers need to understand that he wasn't born with a golden spoon. He worked very hard at some seriously menial jobs and perservered with his writing when most of us would be making excuses.

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  • Matt
  • 02/02/2014

Not a fan of his genre but this is wonderful

Horror and suspense have never been my thing. I only know Stephen King's work through books that have been turned into movies.

After reading this, I'm thinking perhaps I'll try one of his stories.

I bought this book because it seems to be universally recommended by writers I respect.

Glad I did as I loved it from start to finish.

The first part, where he tells his early life story is hilarious, intimate and interesting. You get to understand why he writes what he writes. I was also left thinking I'd love to have this guy as a friend.

He narrates beautifully. As such, I'm glad I got the Audible version first rather than the hard copy or Kindle.

I found what he has to say about his craft humble, helpful and inspiring. He's at pains to dispel some of the common "thou shallts" of writing fiction, such as plotting out in advance and creating character dossiers in advance.

I won't spoil it for you by summarising the rest. All I want to say is, if you write, whatever you write, you will find this useful and uplifting. You'll also be entertained.

I'll most likely buy a hard copy or Kindle version too as there's lots of useful stuff I'd like to refer back to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09/06/2018

Technically corrupt. Don't buy!

cannot be lisstened to. corrupt file, skips every 3d second. do not buy! seriously! really!

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  • Christine
  • 19/01/2018

Lovely, Honest, Inspiring

What did you like best about this story?

Stephen King's honesty and incredibly fun, light-hearted way of telling his story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Stephen King definitely gives some incredible tips, very practical ones even, for the aspiring writer. A must-read for everyone who wants to get creative between the sheets... of paper.

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  • Tanille R.
  • 11/03/2017

Life Changer

A life changer for writers and non-writers alike. Steven kept me great company, made me laugh and made me feel less alone in a big wide world. I now hear his voice in my head instead of my own - telling me tales and urging me on through my day.

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  • Random Reviewer
  • 08/03/2017

Loved it.

It took me a while to get through this but I considered it like delicious nips of fine chocolate. I didn't want to gorge all at once.

Although it wasn't a book on craft like I assumed, it was more motivational and inspiring. Reaffirming.

I'm embarrassed to admit I've never read anything by the King before but I definitely will in the future.

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  • Kristi
  • 09/10/2015

Good read.

Great for aspiring writers. The performance is just Stephen King talking and he occasionally tries a character voice but that's all it needs. I would recommend it.

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  • Hamish
  • 06/08/2015

Great book on King & Writing Basics

Really Enjoyed this one. I'm not a writer but the information inside is obviously very good and comes from such an acclaimed author who knows his stuff.

It's nice to hear his voice and hear how he expresses memories he experienced vs a different narrator. highly recommended, and even more so if you do write or want to be an author.

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  • Jo
  • 03/12/2013

Rather than a How-To Book, this is a How-I-Did.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. He's not condescending or all-knowing, but he is informative. He tells you what worked for him, but also the other options available if that's not for you.

What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It made it even more personal. It was a nice touch that he read it himself - and I think it just brings home everything he said.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Ian
  • 08/05/2013

A Must Have

That some people still refuse to think of King as anything other than simply a horror writer baffles me. Even at his worst he's considerably more entertaining, inventive and downright readable than most authors are at their best.

On Writing is simply King advising authors how to improve their skills. It's a nuts and bolts 'how to' guide really but, as with most things King writes, there's way more to it than that. Yes he deals with everything from punctuation and vocab to finding an agent and getting published, but along the way he talks openly about his own journey.

From his first big payday to alcoholism, from drug abuse to being almost killed by someone who might have been a character from one of his own books, On Writing is tightly written and yet never feels lightweight. And King's account of the aftermath of being hit by a van whilst out walking is some of the most wince-inducing horror I've ever read.

Faultless.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 22/06/2018

On writing

It's the best 8 hours I had this summer. Or, maybe even this year. Thanks!

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  • Arc Pose, Lo
  • 01/03/2017

Inspiring and educational

Made me pick up the old manuscript again. Great book, read in a great way.

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