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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

52 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Stephen King.

On Writing is a book by Stephen King that is written in three parts.  In the first part, King gives readers a glimpse into his past by taking them through memories which helped shape him as a writer.  In the second part, he gives the reader … see full wiki

Author: Stephen King
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Pocket (July 1, 2002)
Date Published: (July 1, 2002)
18 reviews about On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
review by . July 13, 2010
I've always admired the writing of Stephen King. He is the type of writer that everyone has heard of and everyone will like at least one book written by him. I think that this book could even be enjoyed by those who haven’t really read Kings work.      After reading Stephen Kings “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” I am convinced that anyone who writes themselves should read this book. King doesn’t dance around any subjects and stays straight online …
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
One of my favorite books on one of my favorite subjects.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Although Stephen King is very popular, I wouldn't suggest following his advice on writing.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
A good book of advice for writers.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
Divided into two halves, the first being an interesting memoir, this book can entertain and educate.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Awesome book and history, Good read.
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Learned some stuff, already knew some stuff. Didn't win the short story contest.
review by . September 14, 2009
Stephen King has done it again--not in the genre of horror, but in the areas of inspiration and education.  I am not a Stephen King fan.  In fact, I have never read one of his books, but On Writing is one of the most down-to-earth, empowering, liberating and unique books that I have ever read on writing.  It is a perfect combination of an inspirational biography combined with a how to write manual. This book is so multi-functional; it could easily be placed in the motivational area …
review by . May 11, 2009
Stephen King is one of the most well known writers in the world.  It's almost impossible not to be connected to Stephen King in some way.   He has written more than fifty books, such as The Stand, It, Salem's Lot and The Shining.  And many of his works have been made into motion pictures such as The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me (titled "The Body" and can be found in Different Seasons) and 1408.      With an author who has as much acclaim as Stephen …
Quick Tip by . August 29, 2009
On Writing by Stephen King- A Memoir of the Craft- enjoyed this book immensely, what a truly great writer, storyteller, highly recommended!
review by . November 05, 2008
On Writing by Stephen King
While this isn't the best book in the world for writers, it is one of the homiest, most honest, most down-to-earth one you will find. While King may have developed verbal diarrhea in many of his later novels, this book is very focused and has that one-on-one feel that King is so famous for.     There's much more to this book other than "how to write a story". King touches on his personal life, his struggles as an adolescent, a college student, a young husband and father, and …
review by . December 10, 2007
I didn't expect to love this book. Sure, I wanted to read the story behind Stephen King. I also wanted to pick his brain (the non-scary part anyway.)      On Writing is far more than a how-to book. It is loaded with how-to and even why-to. But far more than the simple illustrations like the understandable tool box, and how to write first and edit later, the book is full of heart.      King shares his personal and very colorful journey from boyhood to near …
review by . June 10, 2006
Stephen King pulls back the curtain on his craft and talks about it in this well-done book. I recommend it. It has good insight into his world of writing. It is not a how-to-write book but more inspirational than step-by-step guidance.
review by . August 29, 2004
Not being a reader of horror, I had never read a Stephen King book before this one. However, I have really come to look forward to his brutally honest and often hilarious monthly column in Entertainment Weekly magazine. So, when a book chat pal recommended "On Writing" and further recommended the audio version, my interest was piqued. I had a 14-hour round trip car trip coming up and really needed a book on tape that would keep my interest. I ordered "On Writing" and off I went on my road trip. …
review by . July 16, 2001
I've not been a consumer of King's novels..they usually appear as movies so quickly that I just settled for that (and those movies are excellent - The Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, Misery, etc). It was the opportunity of discovering clues to the art of successful writing by one of the most popular writers in America that drew me to this book. I think I will be reading Stephen King novels from now on!This man has an uncanny way of drawing you into a story, whether that story be bizarre fiction, …
review by . February 10, 2001
This book is actually two, both of which are worth reading. The first is a brief autobiography, where King is very forthright about his life. Most significant is his honesty regarding his alcohol and drug addictions. He admits that he was so consistently bombed during the writing of his novel "Cujo" that he doesn't remember the explicit act of doing it. Fortunately, he completely avoids any excuse or justification for his addictions. As a writer of horror, it would have been so easy to rationalize …
review by . November 23, 2000
I enjoyed the read and actually went over some parts of this book more than once. Certainly as a writer (and I imagine many of the readers of this book are writers or at least aspire to be), I was keenly interested in what such an accomplished storyteller as Stephen King had to say. But I must note that, in the end, I did not come away with all that much. Some good insights yes, and a feeling for the person that King is and for some of the events and experiences he believes shaped him, both personally …
review by . November 13, 2000
This is a terrific book, for at least two reasons: King allows his reader to accompany him on a personal, albeit highly selective journey through King's life thus far; also, in the second part of the book, King demonstrates extraordinary generosity when sharing his reflections on the craft of writing. Over the years, I have observed him carefully during various interviews during which he revealed a delicious (often self-deprecating) sense of humor in combination with absolute seriousness about what …
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