On Writing

A Memoir of the Craft

King, Stephen

Audiobook CD - 2000
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
On Writing
King offers advice on writing. He tells the story of his colorful childhood, his collection of rejection slips in adolescense, and the struggling years that led to his first major publishing success. He also talks about the accident that nearly killed him, and the writing that helped save him.

Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, c2000
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 0788751557
Branch Call Number: CD- 813.5 K54o
Characteristics: 7 compact discs (8 hrs.) :,stereo, digital ;,4 3/4 in


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Stephen King provides insightful lessons for writers. His advice: acquire and hone the tools necessary for good writing, let your characters reveal the story and dare to start.

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Jul 15, 2014
  • jeffcole455 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't get the file to play in an audio player. I think the download may have a coding error. It looks like xml code, but I'm no expert.

Mar 16, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I first read On Writing in college as a film student and now I reread it (or listen to the audiobook) once a year or so. This memoir speaks to me on many levels: the process of writing and of being a good writer, the inerrant passion of living creatively and as a short history of one of my favorite authors.

I doubt I'll ever be a writer of novels, but there's no denying how inspired I am by the process. Stephen King describes writing a story like an archaeologist unearthing a fossil - discovering a small section at first and then, over time and with great care, uncovering the whole creation. This frames writing more like a journey, and that idea changed my life.

Feb 19, 2012

Down to Earth.

Feb 03, 2011
  • neko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stephen in sharing the craft makes it clear that good writing has three distinct parts - good writing skills, good reading skills, and connecting the seemingly unrelated together. Every writer knows the creative process is a mystery. Writers like Stephen have learned to dwell in mysterious places and create great stories.

Jul 08, 2010

Not meant to be a step-by-step book on becoming an author, but rather a fireside chat on what started it for him, and continues to egg him on. I think King could read you a grocery list and still be entertaining!


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