On Writing

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 25, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
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This volume "really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists", written by American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy, Stephen King (b. 1947). The first third of the book contains King's memoir, which includes heartfelt tidbits about his brother, mother and his long battles with alcohol and drug addiction. The second part of the book, "On Writing," is where aspiring novelists might find inspiration. King describes the symbolism in many of his novels and offers writers common sense advice. He presents his taboos of writing: adverbs (especially those in dialog) and the passive voice. He describes his writer's toolbox, including examples of both good and bad writing, sometimes taken from his own work, sometimes taken from other writers. He also describes his approach to research. King concludes by including a list of nearly a hundred novels that he considers the best that he's read in the last three or four years.
 

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This is the book that started me into writing. I owe Stephen a debt of gratitude in that regard as without his advice, I would not have become a writer. It has two parts. One part biography of Stephen ... Read full review

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The title of the book is slightly misleading. While the second book details his approach to writing fiction, the first half of the book is autobiographical in nature--vignettes from the author's own ... 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.