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On Writing - Stephen King

Paperback. Pub Date :2012-10-11 Pages: 384 Language: English Publisher: Hodder Stoughton ... more

Part memoir. part master class by one of the
bestselling authors of all time. this superb
volume is a revealing and practical view of the
writers craft. comprising the basic tools of the
trade every writer must have. Kings advice is
grounded in the vivid memories from childhood
through his emergence as a writer. from his
struggling early career to his widely reported.
near-fatal accident in 1999 - and how the
inextricable link between writing and living
spurred his recovery.There is a reason why Stephen
King is one of the bestselling writers in the
world. ever. Described in the Guardian as the most
remarkable storyteller in modern American
literature. Stephen King writes books that draw
you in and are impossible to put down.

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Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King's On Writing really contains two books: a fondly ... more

sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for
aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff,
a vivid description of how a writer grew out of a
misbehaving kid. You're right there with the young
author as he's tormented by poison ivy,
gas-passing babysitters, uptight schoolmarms and a
laundry job nastier than Jack London's. It's a
ripping yarn that casts a sharp light on his
fiction. This was a child who dug Yvette Vickers
from Attack of the Giant Leeches, not Sandra Dee.
"I wanted monsters that ate whole cities,
radioactive corpses that came out of the ocean and
ate surfers and girls in black bras who looked
like trailer trash." But massive reading on all
literary levels was a craving just as crucial, and
soon King was the published author of "I Was a
Teen-Age Graverobber". As a young adult raising a
family in a trailer, King started a story inspired
by his stint as a caretaker cleaning a high-school
girls' locker room. He crumpled it up, but his
writer wife retrieved it from the trash, and using
her advice about the girl milieu and his own
memories of two reviled teenage classmates who
died young, he came up with Carrie. King gives us
lots of revelations about his life and work. The
kidnapper character in Misery, the mind-possessing
monsters in The Tommyknockers, and the haunting of
the blocked writer in The Shining symbolised his
cocaine and booze addiction (overcome thanks to
his wife's intervention, which he describes).
"There's one novel, Cujo, that I barely remember
writing."  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 HP
Lovecraft's arcane vocabulary, Hemingway's
leanness, Grisham's authenticity, Richard
Dooling's artful obscenity, Jonathan Kellerman's
sentence fragments. He explains why Kellerman's
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

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Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King's On Writing really contains two books: a fondly ... more

sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for
aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff,
a vivid description of how a writer grew out of a
misbehaving kid. You are right there with the
young author as he is tormented by poison ivy,
gas-passing baby-sitters, uptight schoolmarms and
a laundry job nastier than Jack London's. It's a
ripping yarn that casts a sharp light on his
fiction. This was a child who dug Yvette Vickers
from Attack of the Giant Leeches, not Sandra Dee.
"I wanted monsters that ate whole cities,
radioactive corpses that came out of the ocean and
ate surfers and girls in black bras who looked
like trailer trash". But massive reading on all
literary levels was a craving just as crucial, and
soon King was the published author of "I Was a
Teen-Age Graverobber". As a young adult raising a
family in a trailer, King started a story inspired
by his stint as a caretaker cleaning a high-school
girls' locker room. He crumpled it up, but his
writer wife retrieved it from the trash, and using
her advice about the girl milieu and his own
memories of two reviled teenage classmates who
died young, he came up with Carrie. King gives us
lots of revelations about his life and work. The
kidnapper character in Misery, the mind-possessing
monsters in The Tommyknockers, and the haunting of
the blocked writer in The Shining symbolised his
cocaine and booze addiction (overcome thanks to
his wife's intervention, which he describes).
"There's one novel, Cujo, that I barely remember
writing".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 HP
Lovecraft's arcane vocabulary, Hemingway's
leanness, Grisham's authenticity, Richard
Dooling's artful obscenity, Jonathan Kellerman's
sentence fragments. He explains why Kellerman's
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, Amazon.com

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AdvantagesFascinating and insightful

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"Stephen King - On WritingWhy read this?This title appealed to me as I had read a King novel and resonated with his style of writing completely. So much so that I was eager to discover how he developed his stories, where his ideaís came from and what format he used to structure his novels. I looked forward to reading and hopefully learning from this established and successful author.Lets ..." Read review
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On Writing - Stephen King

AdvantagesGreat for budding writers

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"...in Maine, USA, that goes on for a long, long time. He rarely goes outside his comfort zone but that is what has made him a bestseller Ė he is an expert at what he does. This book is his second work of non-fiction (after Danse Macabre, which I havenít read), and is part autobiography and part guide for budding writers. ==Content Summary== The first half of the book is Stephen Kingís recounting of his life, from his early childhood right up to his ..." Read review
08.06.2011

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Totally, Utterly, Completely.... What Can I Say It Is Fantastic..

AdvantagesRefreshing honest account of his life and also how he uses language to write his stories

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"...prize (metaphorically speaking)....I am stuck on a name for my female heroine, so if anyone has any ideas? So Stephanie Meyer - watch out! ===What is it all about?=== This is Steven King's attempt to offer a bit of background about his life, how he came to writing and how he uses language (what he thinks is so important, yet no one ever asks about) to write his stories. The book is split into three parts: The first part talks about his childhood ..." Read review
28.06.2010

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Essential read for wannabe writers

AdvantagesMany - see review

DisadvantagesHaven't find any

"I could waffle on for thousands of words about 'On Writing' and Stephen King but if you haven't got the time or inclination to wade through to the end of this review, just read this bit: if you want to be a writer, READ THIS BOOK. Iím almost tempted to stop there (almost, but not quite!), as I donít feel any review can do it justice. I have never been a Stephen King fan, as Iím not into horror. When I came home from the library carrying this book, ..." Read review
22.04.2002

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Chaotic - But Captivating

AdvantagesAbsorbing and inspiring

DisadvantagesDisorganised structure

"...from! And he actually worked on the kind of machine that takes on an evil personality in one of his stories!' Best of all is the tale of how 'Carrie' came about, his first published novel, the one that launched him into bestsellerdom. A few minor experiences - such as going to school with an oddly-dressed, unpopular girl, and seeing a tampon dispenser in a girl's school toilet ) fused in his mind. He wrote a story draft about a girl experiencing ..." Read review
27.10.2005

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Type Fiction
Genre Horror
Title On Writing
Author Stephen King
ISBN 0340769963; 034076998X; 0340820462

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