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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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  • Christina
  • 05/10/2018

No muss, no fuss, practical advice

Really great little book that doesn’t overly embellish the technique of writing. Stephen King is charming and straightforward. He demystifies his practice in a way that is within most peoples reach.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23/09/2018

Great book

Lot of informations about King and really good tips about writing. Sound quality was the Best maybe to quite. I recommend it. Also Stephen King is Reading it by himself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15/09/2018

Helpful

First half was more autobiographical and the second half is really good.
I learnt a lot.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 29/08/2018

Fantastic, Entertaining and Informative Book

Stephen King's narration was really Entertaining. It was extremely nice to get advice about writing from someone with so much experience. You could just tell that he knew what he was talking about. The quality of the book was exceptional. I really enjoyed this story telling, he read with so much feeling and enthusiasm. He had a lot of relevant and useful advice.

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  • Merlin Gottemukkala
  • 17/08/2018

candid, insightful & entertaining -King's way

Right from the start, it was humourous and King never drifted away from the most important topic and his real life experiences and other examples were really helpful...a great and insightful for aspiring writers like me...thanks King..your narration was as entertaining as your writing.

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  • R.Rolle
  • 16/08/2018

Inspirational!

"writing is about getting happy." - Steven King
those words truly states the reason why writers write and continue to do so.

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  • milo
  • 12/08/2018

i love this book

if you want to know more about writing no nonsense style with a big grin on your face, well, look no further.

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  • Nick
  • 31/07/2018

Glad I got it

I enjoyed listening to this book, apart from the intermittent use of obscene language. will pick up a hard copy as well and go through again.

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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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