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On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King

On Writing

A Memoir of the Craft

Paperback Published: 11th October 2012
ISBN: 9781444723250
Number Of Pages: 384

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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.

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 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.


Best non-fiction book I've read!


I'm an aspiring writer, and quite apart from giving me many useful tips, it has also inspired me to read Stephen King's fiction works, which are some of the most entertaining stories I have had the privilege of reading.

Ballarat, Australia


A great book on the craft from the master


I have always been a fan of Stephen King, so when this book was recommended by my University lecturer, I felt justified! Interesting that reading, what is generally considered, horror feels like a dirty little secret. What makes Stephen King books such page turners is that he understands the human psyche and what buttons to press. This book is like reading one of his novels - he doesn't get bogged down the "how-to", which many other 'how to write' books do. It feels like you have been invited into his office and are just sitting down having a chat. He was very honest about his writing process, which added a new dimension to his stories. The add-on at the end about his accident is a must read.

Brisbane, QLD




I have always puzzled over why Stephen King uses his immense talent for evil. I have found his books over the years to be absolutely gripping and enjoyed the not too scary ones very much. I just wished and wished that he would use that power for good! This book explains that conundrum so beautifully, and it seems I am not the first person to ponder it! A really wise and thoughtful book about his writing style and his background. He is what he is and who am I to think that he is not using his power for good!



On Writing

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Absolutely fascinating . . . basic instructions . . . sensible advice - The Sunday Times

The childhood memoir is a triumphant display of wit, story-telling and guts. His advice to writers is hard-nosed, practical and level-headed in the classic journalistic Orwell-Hemingway tradition - Evening Standard

This is the written equivalent of Delia Smith's How To Cook. And, like British home cooking, the world of popular fiction will be better off for it - The Times

Stephen King is a genius . . . In this book he tells us what first made him a horror writer . . . I find King fascinating because he writes in the least florid way possible, yet his very direct approach to getting his awesome imagination onto a blank page works. - Jeremy Vine in We Love This Book

ISBN: 9781444723250
ISBN-10: 1444723251
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 11th October 2012
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1

Stephen King

About the Author

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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