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On Writing : : a Memoir of the Craft

King, Stephen, 1947- Book - 2000 Adult Book / Nonfiction / Literary Arts / Writing & Publishing / King, Stephen, 921 King, Stephen None on shelf 4 requests on 4 copies Community Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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One of King's best works submitted by Annimatronic on July 23, 2012, 4:32pm You would think King's horror novels would be his best work, but truly this work may be. The book is part memoir, part writing master class from one of the most prolific writers out there. I listened to the BOCD, which is read by him, so you really do feel like you're taking a class with him. Plus, it's highly entertaining to hear him recount his near-fatal run-in with a van. He's pretty bitter about the whole thing (which he has every right to be).

The one drawback is that you'll feel lazy, this is a man who has known since he was a child what he wanted to do and did it. Over and over and over again. Remember when he "retired"? It's like the man can't not write.

Not a big King fan submitted by mjanen on July 13, 2014, 9:16pm But a big fan of this book on writing advice. Personal, yet on target, in terms of providing pointers.

Stephen King knows what he's talking about here submitted by eamcdon on February 16, 2019, 2:33pm Great advice on writing and insight on how he developed it.

Prolific submitted by ccrose on August 23, 2019, 11:17am King has published who knows how many books. But his limitations are the reliance on a method that he trusts. A curiosity about how the mind could surrender to the unknown produces different results, usually a big surprise to the writer as well as the reader. It relies on listening, watching for the unbidden thoughts or images.
One writer said “It”s like following a wild horse through high grass.”

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New York : Scribner, c2000.
Year Published: 2000
Description: 288 p. : facsims. ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

Lexile: 1110


King, Stephen, -- 1947-
King, Stephen, -- 1947- -- Authorship.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Horror tales -- Authorship.