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

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

by Stephen King

Scribner | July 6, 2010 | Trade Paperback

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
“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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.8 in

Published: July 6, 2010

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439156816

ISBN - 13: 9781439156810

Found in: Reference and Language

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Invaluable I've read at least a dozen books on writing but have received more practical wisdom, inspiration, and motivation from this book than any other. I reread it every couple of years. This is a must read for aspiring writers.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated out of 5 by from I only read one of his books and it scared the heck out of me. I seen the movie Carrie and it haunted me. So you may ask why would I buy a book of his on writing... well I read several reviews about this book and you know what... it is amazing. I have learned so much from him. I have a large collection on how to write books, but so far, this one has to be the best.
Date published: 2013-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful - for both readers and writers I loved this book. Sure, I should have been working on my NaNoWriMo novel, but I felt that after a certain amount of words, I really needed some guidance. Even if the words were still coming, I felt like I needed inspiration to ensure they would keep coming. Whereas I felt that Elmore Leonard’s book was no help at all, On Writing was a great read, not only giving me the advice I needed to work on my writing, but also giving me an insight as to how a writer was made. Stephen King starts off the book with little stories about his life–when he had his first idea, how he started writing, at what point he started to make it as a writer. I actually felt hopeful reading it. King was very friendly and encouraging in his writing and often I would find myself chuckling–not usually the case when reading a Stephen King book. The book is divided into three sections: the first section is King’s history as a writer (oh, how I laughed at some of these!), the second is more of the nitty gritty on the craft, and the third talks about the accident he was a part of while actually writing this book. I read the whole thing in a course of two days and immediately felt inspired. It’s amazing to read that even someone as talented at Stephen King had a hard-going battle making it to where he is today–proof that not everything comes in an instant. I think I must have been living under a rock in 1999 because I had no idea that Stephen King was hit by a van–I haven’t read a lot of his works, though I’ve been meaning to, now that I’m getting older and would appreciate them more, but I couldn’t imagine losing such an esteemed writer. Especially one who was willing to give his writing readers insight to how he works. If you want to give the aspiring writer in your family a gift, give them this book–it’s well worth the money and full of helpful thoughts and inspiration. As both an aspiring writer and a reader (hey, I have this blog, don’t I?) I love his main advice for anyone who wants to become a writer: “Read a lot.” (as in, 4-6 hours a day) Well, if Stephen King says so …
Date published: 2012-01-13

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

by Stephen King

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.8 in

Published: July 6, 2010

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439156816

ISBN - 13: 9781439156810

About the Book

"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.

From the Publisher

“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 was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year.
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Editorial Reviews

“The best book on writing. Ever.”--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)