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On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft - Stephen King
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
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Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King's On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff, a vivid description of how a writer grew out of a misbehaving kid. You are right there with the young... show more
Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King's On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff, a vivid description of how a writer grew out of a misbehaving kid. You are right there with the young author as he is tormented by poison ivy, gas-passing baby-sitters, uptight schoolmarms and a laundry job nastier than Jack London's. It's a ripping yarn that casts a sharp light on his fiction. This was a child who dug Yvette Vickers from Attack of the Giant Leeches, not Sandra Dee. "I wanted monsters that ate whole cities, radioactive corpses that came out of the ocean and ate surfers and girls in black bras who looked like trailer trash". But massive reading on all literary levels was a craving just as crucial, and soon King was the published author of "I Was a Teen-Age Graverobber". As a young adult raising a family in a trailer, King started a story inspired by his stint as a caretaker cleaning a high-school girls' locker room. He crumpled it up, but his writer wife retrieved it from the trash, and using her advice about the girl milieu and his own memories of two reviled teenage classmates who died young, he came up with Carrie. King gives us lots of revelations about his life and work. The kidnapper character in Misery, the mind-possessing monsters in The Tommyknockers, and the haunting of the blocked writer in The Shining symbolised his cocaine and booze addiction (overcome thanks to his wife's intervention, which he describes). "There's one novel, Cujo, that I barely remember writing".King also evokes his college days and his recovery from the van crash that nearly killed him, but the focus is always on what it all means to the craft. He gives you a whole writer's "tool kit": a reading list, writing assignments, a corrected story and nuts-and-bolts advice on dollars and cents, plot and character, the basic building block of the paragraph and literary models. He shows what you can learn from HP Lovecraft's arcane vocabulary, Hemingway's leanness, Grisham's authenticity, Richard Dooling's artful obscenity, Jonathan Kellerman's sentence fragments. He explains why Kellerman's Hart's War is a great story marred by a tin ear for dialogue, and how Elmore Leonard's Be Cool could be the antidote. King isn't just a writer, he's a true teacher. --Tim Appelo, Amazon.com
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780743211536 (0743211537)
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Silvie's bookshelf
Silvie's bookshelf rated it
3.0 On Writing
Some books about writing are great, this is one of them. With one part memoir (as in "this is how I came to write") and the rest about the craft of writing (anything from dialogue to storytelling and what not to do) On Writing is a must read for any writer or future writer. ps: My favorite quote is ...
My Never Ending List
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5.0 Stephen King On Writing - A Memoir of the Craft
I got to know Stephen King on a personal level by reading this short novel. I learned how he made his first buck and I felt like we connected even though we never really personally met. I never expected to get this much out of this small novel and never did I expect to even find this novel to be som...
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5.0 Stephen King's On Writing Review
Hey everyone and how's it going? Awesome I hope!!! I'm doing pretty good myself! Well, today I am bringing you a review. I know it's not the Water for Elephants review, but it will come soon! No, I will be reviewing "On Writing a Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King. It's going to be pretty quick so...
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4.0 On Writing written and narrated by Stephen King
Although I have no intention of writing anything other than reviews, I found this book about writing to be interesting and chock full of good information. The first portion was autobiographical in nature, and that was the part I enjoyed most. Hearing about King's menial jobs and how hard he worked...
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Desde que decidí que a lo mejor debería dedicar mi tiempo libre a escribir "algo" empecé a buscar libros guía que me dijeran cómo enfocarlo.Hay muchos, y varios de ellos muy buenos pero, en mi opinión, éste es el mejor.Va a lo que va, es concreto y te explica las cosas de forma simple y ágil.Quizá ...
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