On Writing by Stephen King

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19 Critic Reviews

Exerts a potent fascination and embodies important lessons and truths.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. 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 writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his 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. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
 

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. 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 as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published October 3, 2000 by Scribner. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Cooking, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for On Writing
All: 19 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

A useful book for any young writer, and a must for fans, this is unmistakably King.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Jay Parini on Oct 06 2008

It's a bizarre and absorbing story, told brilliantly by one of the great storytellers of our time.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Oct 02 2010

Exerts a potent fascination and embodies important lessons and truths.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Amber McManus on Feb 16 2011

This book is worth reading for any Stephen King fan, or anyone who wants to be a writer.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Garth Von Buchholz on Jul 06 2008

Reading a book about the art of writing by horror master Stephen King is like sitting down with your favorite uncle to talk about how to fix cars.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Oct 03 2008

Those who have never read a book by Stephen King will discover what the rest of us already know. Highest possible recommendation.

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AV Club

Above average
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Mar 29 2008

It's good advice, but serious would-be writers have probably heard it all a dozen times already.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Bruce Fretts on Oct 06 2008

He suffered through this real-life horror story and survived to write about it. Long live the King.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly on Jan 16 2009

Stephen King's "On Writing" was an instant bestseller; not only for the peek at the brain behind the modern master of horror fiction, but because of its invaluable advice on telliing a good story and telling it well.

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Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Roberta Goli on Mar 23 2009

It is a very pleasant read and provides useful advice that wont bog down the reader.

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Pajiba

Excellent
Reviewed by Sophia on May 20 2010

It is obvious that Stephen King has a natural talent and that he likes what he does. He made me want to grab my computer and start writing—something, anything.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Brit Mandelo on Nov 22 2010

Its advice is necessary, concise, and engaging. Don’t skip On Writing.

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SF Site

Good
Reviewed by Hank Luttrell on May 20 2010

We all deal with many challenges and traumas in our lives, and I think many of your readers will be able find strength in these recollections.

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About.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Flanagan on Jul 01 2010

Written with love for the craft, with humor, and according to his own prescription for clarity and brevity, On Writing is for anyone who writes or who wants to.

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AuthorsDen

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Lerwill on Feb 19 2009

On Writing will entertain, teach and open your eyes to the complex world of (creating) fiction.

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Open Salon

Excellent
Reviewed by William Belle on Dec 27 2010

This book is a must for anybody who is a writer of sorts whether a blogger, a journalist or a delusional, sorry, determined future novelist.

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My Entertainment World

Good
Reviewed by Rachael Nisenkier on Sep 03 2011

...On Writing is a great story told well. And let me tell you, it makes a really inspiring gift to a 14 year old trying to figure out how to turn her A’s on English essays into something resembling a career goal.

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Teen Ink

Good
on May 20 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed reading his literature and feel that I will use what I have read in my upcoming pieces to better my writing method.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Paige14 on May 20 2010

I've never read a horror novel I liked. Well, I haven't really read all that many horror novels, to tell you the truth. But after reading Stephen King's On Writing, I think I will.

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