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

Paperback | July 6, 2010

byStephen King

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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.

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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 ...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:July 6, 2010Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1439156816

ISBN - 13:9781439156810

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