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King also evokes his college days and his recovery from the van crash that nearly killed him, but the focus is always on what it all means to the craft. He gives you a whole writer's "tool kit": a reading list, writing assignments, a corrected story, and nuts-and-bolts advice on dollars and cents, plot and character, the basic building block of the paragraph, and literary models. He shows what you can learn from H.P. Lovecraft's arcane vocabulary, Hemingway's leanness, Grisham's authenticity, Richard Dooling's artful obscenity, Jonathan Kellerman's sentence fragments. He explains why Hart's War is a great story marred by a tin ear for dialogue, and how Elmore Leonard's Be Cool could be the antidote.
King isn't just a writer, he's a true teacher. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
book is very boring and dry. about 100 pages auto bigrophy telling a total of 7 stories ( 2 of which are good) then the autobiography ends and writing guide begins. Read morePublished 2 months ago by elliot wilson
Honest, incisive, funny, practical. This isn't my first reading of this book, and it won't be my last. "On Writing" inspires me, instructs my writing, gives me courage. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katie Welch
Read it when it was new and read it again now and I would still recommend it to anyone with even a mild interest in writing or the writing process or simply interested in the man... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chris Thomas
I have been a closet writer for years. I have only read a few chapters, but I am inspired by the simplicity with which Stephen King writes about how he got his start as a writer. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bambi
Part autobiography and part writing guide, On Writing is one of those books you keep seeing from the corner of your eye for some time before you realize everything you read seems... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jas Robinson
I don't tend to read books about writing: I'd rather write. But I had heard such good things about this book that I really needed to see it for myself. And it was a fantastic read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by 8thCyn