On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing begins with King's childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story. King next turns to the basic tools of his trade and culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King's overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery. "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write." In 1999, Stephen King began On Writing begins with King's childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story. King next turns...

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Title:On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Author:Stephen King
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Dec 17, 2007
    I read this shortly after finishing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, actually it would be more accurate to say I devoured it. This is full of great writing advice, and I'll need to get a copy and read it 1-2 times a year. Most helpful? The section on grammar! Serious...
  • Madeline
    Nov 28, 2009
    Let's be honest: Stephen King is not one of the greatest writers of all time. He will never win a Pulitzer or a Nobel (he might win a Newberry though, if he ever decides to tap into the Kids/Young Adult market), and on the few times his books are featured in the New York Times Book Rev...
  • Leah Williams
    Jul 04, 2007
    I wish I could give this book more than five stars. The first 100 or so pages were highly colored anecdotes from SK's childhood (did you know Stephen King had an obese, negligent babysitter who used to sit on his head and fart? me neither). I thought the whole book was going to be like...
  • Diane
    Jan 10, 2017
    This book on writing was even better than I expected. I loved that Stephen King shared some memories from childhood and explained how he became a writer. This book helped me knock off two goals in one: I've been trying to read the best Stephen King books (good grief, the man is pro...
  • Dan Schwent
    Feb 07, 2008
    Stephen King shares some stories of his past and some writing tips. This was either my fourth or fifth time reading this. I got it for Christmas around the turn of the century and I've buzz-sawed through it a few times before. The first time, I was just cutting my writing teeth. Now...
  • Fabian
    Jun 22, 2012
    So it's become very clear to me now that very few writers actually write about the craft. The only Latin American writer to do so? Mario Vargas Llosa (who took several years off of his busy novel-writing to write about his now-ex-pal Gabriel Garcia Marquez). But I suddenly forgot who t...
  • Cecily
    Nov 22, 2016
    Like the curate?s egg, this is good in parts. I can see why writers, and budding writers find this book inspirational, and fans of his oeuvre will enjoy learning how certain stories came to be. But it?s several very different books and booklets, within a single set of covers - ...
  • Becky
    Feb 01, 2009
    I love Stephen King. I'm not IN love with him, but I love his writing, his stories, his characters, and now, his advice: "Read a lot." (4-6 hours a day, even!) Yessir, Mr. King! Finally some advice I want to heed! OK, I should say that this is really only a small fraction of the wi...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Aug 29, 2011
    The book is great and if you like writing, it is probably a must read. I could write a summary of the book, it is easy enough to summarize and there are only a few important points that King presents, but then I dont want you to get it for free. :) Go and read the book yourself, it ...
  • Jason Koivu
    Jun 16, 2010
    On Writing is for me hands-down the best book I've read about the craft of writing and living the life of a writer by a writer. This is not a textbook on grammar and sentence structure. No, the subtitle very succinctly describes the contents. This is about Stephen King's journey to ...
  • Wil Wheaton
    Jan 02, 2010
    I know it's like saying "puppies are cute," but it bears repeating: everyone who wants to write, whether for a living or not, simply must read this book. On Writing did more for me as a writer than anything, and any success I've found as a storyteller can be traced to my reading it....
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    May 21, 2017
    ?Writing isn?t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it?s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It?s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting h...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Jun 03, 2018
    I haven?t done much writing in the past few years, but reading this book made me want to get back into it. I think Stephen King?s advice will help me be more confident in my writing in the future! Loved this. ...
  • Lou
    May 20, 2010
    This is a must read for writers, readers and Stephen King fans. Fully laden with inspiration to walk the walk and start that journey of writing a story of you're own from short story to a full novel. Imagine great writers of the past like Dickens around to give advice to aspiring wri...
  • فهد الفهد
    Feb 17, 2015
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  • Andrew Smith
    Nov 26, 2015
    This is very much a book of three parts. In the first section, King provides a series of anecdotes that seem somewhat fractured and random. They loosely cover his early years, the time before he became a successful writer. Some of the tales are a little spooky, to be honest. Others cle...
  • Ariel
    Nov 18, 2017
    There's this magic thing that happens sometimes: I can't wait to reread a book I haven't even finished yet. It's a rare feeling, but one that happens whenever I'm in the midst of a new favourite book. I'm reading these amazing scenes, freaking out over fantastic passages, and already l...
  • Stepheny
    Aug 17, 2015
    What better day to post a review for this book than on Stephen King?s birthday? Happy Birthday, ya crazy bastard. ;) Anyway- as most of the GR community knows I am the real life Annie Wilkes a huge fan of Stephen King. He has been a major influence in my life since I was ...
  • Paul O'Neill
    Feb 04, 2017
    The master shares his recommendations for all writers, they should pay attention Overview ? 4 stars I found this book to be more interesting than I thought it would be. There's a lot of King?s personal thoughts about his experiences in the writing business, and what made him ...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    Mar 16, 2018
    This was amazing! Much more than I had hoped for! As a semi-fan of Stephen King and his writing (I love some of his books, I feel like a lot of the others are dragging), I didn?t really know what to get out of this non-fictional work on writing. I was curious to hear about this cra...
  • Jayson
    Dec 14, 2016
    (A) 87% | Extraordinary Notes: The first novel-length book I?d ever finished over the span of one day. Done over two sittings, with a nap in between. ...
  • J. Kent Messum
    Aug 16, 2013
    There are countless books out there on writing, storytelling, screenwriting, style, etc. A lot of them are too formulaic and more than a bit bloody cliche. To be honest, the majority usually prove to be a waste of time. But there are a few that are great, and 'On Writing' is definitely...
  • Joe Valdez
    Jan 08, 2014
    January 6, 2018 review I'm kicking off my fifth year on Goodreads with a re-read of the best book about writing that I've read to date. I've considered that On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft--Stephen King's contribution to the crowded field of How To Write a Novel, published in 2000...
  • Lizzy
    Sep 03, 2016
    It's rare to find an author that adventures into writing about his craft, but Stephen King, with On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, is not one of them. Great book: good tips (best one: write something you would want to read!) on how to write along with a nice memoir. Recommended. ...
  • Robin
    May 30, 2018
    I'm a fan of Stephen King's earlier works and a lot of the classic movie adaptations. I wouldn't say I'm a superfan, but since I am working on changing my status of aspiring writer to published author, I can use all the help I can get, especially from someone as prolific and universall...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Nov 21, 2016
    On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft offers an illuminating look at Stephen King's life, highlighting moments that shaped him as an author and revealing lessons he gained from decades of practice and publication. King is unapologetically himself, blending whit and honesty with sophomo...
  • Maria Clara
    Apr 19, 2018
    No se puede negar que Stephen King sabe muy bien de lo que habla, pero yo no me siento cmoda con l. No s, es como si al leerlo, estuviera viendo un programa en la tv con interferencias; lo siento, no sintonizo bien su pluma. As que ni caso de esta resea... ...
  • Elizabeth Sagan
    Mar 10, 2016
    This is a good read for someone who is either interested in Stephen King?s life or wants to become a writer and needs either tips to do it better or some motivation to keep going. If you don?t find yourself in these categories, skip this book. I?m the kind of person who would ...
  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    Mar 02, 2018
    There is NO ONE I trust more than Stephen King when it comes to writing ...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    Nov 05, 2016
    "Books are a uniquely portable magic." This book blew my mind!!! I mean, I knew I loved Stephen King and I already knew a lot of the things you learn in this book, but to read it in his own words is even better! The biographical part of the book was truly amazing, this man has co...