On Writing

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 25, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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"Long live the King" hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the 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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Even better than the advice is the readability. - LibraryThing
Fear. Overuse of adverbs, adjectives purple prose. - LibraryThing
One of the best books on writing, I've read so far. - LibraryThing
A good read and a good reference. - LibraryThing
One of my favorite books on writing and craft. - LibraryThing
Encouraging, genrous biography of a writer. - LibraryThing

Review: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

User Review  - Sarah O'Flaherty - Goodreads

Brilliant book! Stephen King is a great writer, and this book sharing his knowledge on writing is inspiring. I've highlighted most of the writing advice to reread. If you are wanting to write or just starting out as a writer I would highly recommend this book. Read full review

Review: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

User Review  - Judi Jeremie - Goodreads

Excellent book and engaging read. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
28
Section 4
33
Section 5
50
Section 6
60
Section 7
63
Section 8
65
Section 18
135
Section 19
159
Section 20
178
Section 21
188
Section 22
209
Section 23
222
Section 24
257
Section 25
266

Section 9
74
Section 10
77
Section 11
85
Section 12
87
Section 13
95
Section 14
103
Section 15
111
Section 16
115
Section 17
129
Section 26
270
Section 27
277
Section 28
283
Section 29
286
Section 30
289
Section 31
293
Section 32
298
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About the author (2002)

Stephen Kingis the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent areFull Dark No StarsBlockade BillyUnder the Dome,Just After Sunset, the Dark Tower novels,Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon,Lisey's StoryandBag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book,On Writing, was recently re-released in a tenth anniversary edition. King was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he was inducted as a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.  He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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