- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Anniversary edition edition (July 6 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781439156810
- ISBN-13: 978-1439156810
- ASIN: 1439156816
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 587 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft Paperback – Jul 6 2010
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"A one-of-a-kind classic."--The Wall Street Journal
"This is a special book, animated by a unique intelligence, and filled with useful truth."—Michael Chabon
"On Writing had more useful and observant things to say about the craft than any book since Strunk and White's The Elements of Style."--Roger Ebert
“The best book on writing. Ever.”--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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I enjoyed the book both for what it taught and as something to read ... He writes with humor, humility and heart. It's as enjoyable to read as any book I've read in the last year. I I've even found myself quoting it.
I've always wanted to be a writer, but completely lacked confidence. Now I'm trying in earnest and this book not only gave me some real applicable wisdom, but so much encouragement and motivation. I can't help but think my dad is the one that led me to here. This is one of those books that I'll always remember. One that really makes a change in you.
Thank you Stephen King. For your honesty and advice and the connection with my dad nearly four years after his passing. Big hugs.
So I waited. Maybe the publisher would grow a brain and lower the price of "On Writing". I waited. For months. Not gonna happen.
I relented. I bought. I read.
I would have preferred a little more information about writing and a little less memoir. However, Stephen King's advice is solid. The first portion of the book felt a bit disjointed to me--like a dream sequence that rambles forward and back. This was a difficult write for Mr. King. He dared to bare his soul and his weaknesses to readers. That must have scared him more than any nightmare storylines he could ever have imagined.
I give it four Cujos . . . er . . . kudos--and wish him a total recovery from the injuries he received when run down by a careless driver.
The first half gives a quick but interesting look at his life up to the publication of his first novel, Carrie, and a summary of his life thereafter, which leads into the second half of the book: all the things he's learned in his career that might help writers looking to get their own Carrie's off the ground.
I've read a great deal of writing guides before (too many) and I was thrilled that On Writing was entirely different from all those others. While I was expecting the usual bits on dialogue, story arcs, and the like, I got chapters on grammar, how to edit, how to pace yourself but stay focused and keep up until it's done. But my favorite and most enlightening chapter by far was the one on agents. I've never read a guide that explained agents, and the only one that mentioned them just said that I needed to get one, then continued the chapter as though one had appeared in the room upon reading those words. On Writing explains where to find agents, how to pick the right ones, how to introduce yourself, what they're looking for, and how to <i>get </i>what they're looking for. Basically it answered every question I've had since reading that one guide back in the 90s.
His accident is explained at the end of the book, which , not being a fan, I was hearing about for the first time and was suitably horrified for him. But the details of the event are written so damn well that I'm planning on giving his books a shot.
The verdict? All in all it's interesting and full of valuable advice, and it would be a crime not to recommend it.
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