On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen KingOn Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

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

byStephen King

Paperback | July 6, 2010

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Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“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.
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 firs...
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Title:On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the CraftFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:July 6, 2010Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must recommend! This is the best ever book about writing I've ever read. Long live the KIng. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book for aspiring writers or anyone! Found this thoroughly entertaining and educational. Did not expect that SK would come across as such a "cool uncle" type of guy!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Both entertaining and enlightening Wow, what an interesting read. The first half is about his life and experiences leading up to his now infamous career - I LOL'ed a few times (he's funny!). The second half contIns the answers to the technical questions people ask him. He's ends with his recollection of how close he'd come to dying in 1999 when he was struck by a van while walking. It's both entertaining and enlightening.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect book for aspiring or accomplished writers. Stephen King really gives such a realistic and raw look into what it takes to become a writer and how much perseverance and determination will make or break a career. I learned the most valuable lessons as a writer and fellow author from this book. If you're a writer or aspire to be, you need to read this.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I can't rave enough about this book. I re-read it every few months and every time it makes me passionate and excited about writing and storytelling all over again. The book is an easy read and I keep it handy at all times. The memoir section is too short in my opinion, but has lots of great insight and is highly entertaining. The craft section is an excellent reference with enough information to make a point and be memorable without feeling like you are being bog down in an English class. Only Stephen King can make grammar this stylish and interesting! I feel it certainly has made not only my writing better, but my editing as well. Unfortunately, it has also made me more critical when reading other books and more impatient and frustrated when something is poorly written. I have purchased this a few times to give as gifts and gotten good feedback. HIGHLY recommend.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this in one day! I picked this up last week and I read it on a Saturday when it was raining in three sittings. Well written, funny, informative I especially liked the S. King' memoirs.... recomend!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommend I'd highly recommend this for anyone interested in learning to write better fiction or even just looking to seriously enter the world as a writer.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Enjoyed it! I very much enjoyed reading about how SK views writing and the craft. Super interesting for all to read and especially SK fans. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic read Whether you are interested in writing fiction or in non-fiction, you can gain a lot from this book. In this book, King discusses his past - everything that developed him into the bestselling author he is today. He also provides some instructions and advice about not only writing, but but setting yourself up to write - mentally, emotionally, factually. He has a non-B.S., blunt approach that is quite refreshing. His honesty is hilarious at times. I found myself laughing hard at some parts! A highly recommended read.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I bought this book for a friend and they loved it, makes a great gift idea for inspiring writers
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommand If you are a fan of Stephen King, I recommend this book. If you want to read about writing, I recommend this book. If you are a fan of non-fiction, no matter the subject, I recommend this book. I didn't read one single book from Stephen King, but I'm always interested in reading authors talk about their experience and their methods of writing, especially the very successful ones. This book is part autobiography, so it's very anectotal and inspiring. It also gives excellent advices on writing in a way that will keep you engaged until the last page.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for any aspiring writer. He details how he came up with and wrote Carrie. As someone who wants to write but is intimidated by the writing processes, it made me see that even the most successful authors don't hve it easy.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Witty, insightful and very informative! This novel played a huge part in motivating me to take up the craft of writing again, something I had seen no point in doing for a long time. I enjoy reading sections of this book over again at times, as I find them inspirational and encouraging.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Aspiring writers and Stephen King fan would love this.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Advice from a Master of the Craft King's memoir will give you insight into how he became a writer and the tools you will need to become an effective writer yourself.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On Writing A memoir that feels honest, and a writing guide that's simple yet useful. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow! great read much more interesting than I tought !!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for writers and readers alike! If you're a fan of Stephen King, you'll love this book. If you want to become a writer, you'll love this book! The way King writes this book seems like a good old chat on a Sunday afternoon. So easy and pleasant to read, you just wish to keep reading forever. Great analogies for writers and lovely insights about King's past. A great book indeed!
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Book! After reading this book, the constant reader will be craving a full fledged Stephen King autobiography. Even though there is nary a fictional tale within these pages, Stephen King's life and writing style are explored. His account of his near brush with the afterlife via a distracted van operator is haunting.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helpful I don't think I'll ever forget the red toolbox analogy
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stephen King: On Writing I found this book so nice to read, great flow and very helpful learning new wants in my writing journey. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from States the obvious This book can be a waste of time to anyone who's already read books like this. I'd only recommend this to fans.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful a great book about writing and the work that goes into every novel. loved it
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An excellent book about the craft of writing A great book discussing writing and how much work it can be - practical as well as anecdotal.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing memoir and guide A great read, inspired me as a writer, and had tips which were actually practical and helped me improve!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have for any writer! If you're a writer this book should be on your shelf! Stephen King changed the horror genre and has a world of knowledge on the topic of writing that will benefit any writer. This book is the best gift I've ever received.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book! Sheds light on a humourous side of King and how he came to be the writer he is today. Practical writing tips along the way. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Get out your hi-liter, you'll want to reread many parts of this. It's a classic for a reason.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly feels like you are sitting with the legend and as he shares his story and experience. Do yourself a favour and get this book if you're thinking about writing. You may want to pick up a copy of The Elements of Style which he recommends in the book.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A look into a writer's life This book is not only about a writer's craft, it is also an intriguing memoir. An excellent read!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Look Behind the Scenes A glimpse into the world of Steven King is a privilege to any fan! Detailing how he writes and develops his practice into an art is inspiring and eye opening!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book on writing. I consider this an essential book on the art of creative writing. Also a very insightful look at King.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Insight into a Modern Writer's Methods As a memoir, it was a good read to see into King's life. There wasn't as much on the craft as I would've liked, but his life as the writer and aspiring author, as well as his life as the prolific writer that he is, was interesting to read. The memories shared were poignant and his instance on reading and writing daily are good points. While I didn't learn much about the craft as I was hoping to do, I believe that was I was let down with in terms of advice may have been because I am already familiar with it from other writers or the internet; had I read this book at the time of its publication, it would have been different. The decision to make it a memoir and not a writing manual was good. Anyone can write a book and tell you what works for them (and will probably result in what might not work for you) and explain the mechanics any English class can teach you, but King only explains what his method is and encourages a lifestyle more than a mimicry of his process and that is what someone should get out of reading this book.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST "Non-Preachy" book on writing. Eery student should read this book from the master of horror.
Date published: 2015-09-22
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 5 out of 5 by from Short and sweet! This is the least presumptuous book on writing, written by one of the greatest of our time. After reading, I can't wait to apply "The 10% Rule" to my writing!
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Book On Writing Hands down, the best book on writing I have ever read. Useful, funny and sincere. I've read it half a dozen times and I'll read it half a dozen more.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Full of great info and entertaining Wonderful, useable writting tips framed with in an entertaing bio.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful, clever, AND hilarious This is hands down the most down to earth, accessible, and thorough guide I've ever come across. Steven King doesn't rehash that same dry 'story formula' most other 'on writing' books blather on about. Instead, Steven presents an in depth and intimate account of the writer's lifestyle and provides insight into his personal techniques. This book will make you rethink everything you've formally learned about writers craft. And as a bonus? You'll be killing yourself laughing all the way through. I can't say I've ever quoted a writing guide to my friends until now. I'll be keeping this book close.
Date published: 2013-03-10
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

Editorial Reviews

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