On Writing

On Writing

A Memoir of the Craft

Book - 2000
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"If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write."In 1999, Stephen King began to write about his craft -- and his life. By midyear, a widely reported accident jeopardized the survival of both. And in his months of recovery, the link between writing and living became more crucial than ever.Rarely has a book on writing been so clear, so useful, and so revealing. On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King's childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story. A series of vivid memories from adolescence, college, and the struggling years that led up to his first novel, Carrie, will afford readers a fresh and often very funny perspective on the formation of a writer. King next turns to the basic tools of his trade -- how to sharpen and multiply them through use, and how the writer must always have them close at hand. He takes the reader through crucial aspects of the writer's art and life, offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection. Serialized in the New Yorker to vivid acclaim, On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King's overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life.Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower -- and entertain -- everyone who reads it.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, [2000]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780684853529
9781439156810
Branch Call Number: 813.54 KIN 2000
Characteristics: 288 pages

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...very informative, and I would recommend it to any aspiring writer.

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SurreyLibraries_Reads Nov 09, 2018

I found the first half of the book was semi-autobiographical and it was quite interesting to know that Stephen King is very human, and not just some writing machine who is holed up in some dark room writing because that is all he knows. He couldn’t be further from that. The second half is very i... Read More »


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I found the first half of the book was semi-autobiographical and it was quite interesting to know that Stephen King is very human, and not just some writing machine who is holed up in some dark room writing because that is all he knows. He couldn’t be further from that. The second half is very informative, and I would recommend it to any aspiring writer. (submitted by JO)

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writermala
Sep 12, 2016

I'm not a huge Stephen King fan. So, it is possible that I was prejudiced. The book started out well with KIng's self deprecatory account of his trials and tribulations as a young writer in school. My interest waned however in the later pages and I don't think I learned too much about the craft of writing from this book.

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