On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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  • Title: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  • Author: Stephen King
  • ISBN: 9780743455961
  • Page: 332
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About Author

  1. Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English 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.

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  1. 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 happy okay Getting happy I can t tell you how many people I ve talked to over my lifetime who wanted to write a book Most didn t know what they wanted to write about, but some of them wanted to write their autobiography because [...]

  2. 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 Review, the reviewer will treat the book with a sort of haughty disdain, knowing their time could be better spent trashing Joyce Carol Oates None of this should suggest, however, that King is not qualified to write a boo [...]

  3. 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 looking forward to the second time I ll read them, when they ll be even clearer and start to feel familiar.It s a rare occurrence, it only happens a few times a year, but it happened with On Writing The moment it start [...]

  4. 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 the King was no, I mean literally I ve not read him in years High school being the prime time for Stephen King, all the guy has useful insight, no shit, because he is not only prolific uber successful he got 400,000 for [...]

  5. 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 for me as a writer than anything, and any success I ve found as a storyteller can be traced to my reading it.

  6. I read this shortly after finishing NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month this year, actually it would be 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 Seriously, I never really learned grammar Gould said something else that was interesting on the day I turned in my first two pieces write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open Your stuff starts out being just for you, in [...]

  7. 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 is worth it Rude As King says, if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second to least of your concerns The least of all should be polite society and what it expects If you intend to write as truthfull [...]

  8. January 6, 2018 reviewI m kicking off my fifth year on 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 might hold this slot due to King being one of my favorite living authors Ball players can tune out a coach who never made it in the pros quicker than a guy who did and was a superstar to boot, and I m certainly likely to heed the [...]

  9. 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 curious that a book about writing doesn t seem to know what sort of a book it is.In one of the three forewords, King says Most books about writing are filled with bullshit I found a fair bit here, too But I also found good thi [...]

  10. 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, with seven or eight first drafts of novels writing around, I came to the book with a completely different perspective.Most books about writing, as I ve said before, are by people I ve never heard of, and are akin to a p [...]

  11. 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.

  12. 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 sophomoric humor and the occasional curse word For example, when discussing the sin of using passive voice, King provides an example of how not to construct a sentence, followed by the type of commentary one can expect to find [...]

  13. There are countless books out there on writing, storytelling, screenwriting, style, etc A lot of them are too formulaic and 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 one of them Stephen King is a household name, no doubt, but of all Mr King s books, this is the one I praise the most Part biography, part How to manual, this book is a must read for anyone and everyone There s so much for [...]

  14. 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 prolific and I m trying to read books about writing King has good advice on ways to improve your writing, but he also has some knockout stories about his life and how they ve influenced his novels The book ends with a moving [...]

  15. 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 become a published author and his experiences in wrestling with words To hear stories about how one of the world s most popular authors once upon a time struggled just like the rest of us mortals is refreshing Those stor [...]

  16. 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 writers it s a real opportunity to grasp This man, Stephen King, worked hard to make himself into a writer and had sheer determination, from working all hours to pay his college education to writing his first stories in a [...]

  17. Onvan On Writing A Memoir of the Craft Nevisande Stephen King ISBN 743455967 ISBN13 9780743455961 Dar 320 Safhe Saal e Chap 2000

  18. 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 clearly portray what it was like for him, his wife and his children when he was spending long hours writing whilst also holding down a day job He had a number of jobs, some pretty menial, but he eventually settled into th [...]

  19. 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 read this guy s socks label if I could, so yeah, 5 stars.

  20. 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 wisdom he imparts in this book, and I neglectfully left out the write a lot part that immediately follows read a lot But I have never actually aspired to be a writer, so the reading part is good enough for me I admire writers, sure [...]

  21. I wish I could give this book 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 this a personal history intertwined with the occasional tip about persistence, and that was OK with me That s how entertaining the first bit is It certainly makes the book worth reading even for those uninterested in learn [...]

  22. 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 about 10 years old His writing changed my life His books changed my mind my way of thinking.Listen, not everyone knows this but I m about to out myself I am an aspiring writer I don t flash it, I don t wave it out there for all to see [...]

  23. The master shares his recommendations for all writers, they should pay attentionOverview 4 starsI found this book to be 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 a writer in the first place He covers his rough experience when he got smacked by an idiot in a van in between writing this On WritingThe majority of this book is dedicated to helping writers to work on their toolbox He shares what w [...]

  24. I think that this was a very courageous book for Stephen King to write And I loved the casual, conversational tone as King shares with us, glimpse s into his life both before and after his initial success He doesn t pull any punches either we see the good, the bad and the ugly It is somehow, not at all, and exactly what I expected In truth, I loved the memoir part best but even those parts that are instructional in the art of writing are very engaging.Is it not incredible, that such a gifted, su [...]

  25. 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, combined with the drug and alcohol abuse and other obstacles he s overcome, made him seem real to me, somehow More like a regular guy The parts on writing, even though I m not an author, were helpful t [...]

  26. Simply the greatest book ever written about the craft of writing I have read it times than I can count, and each new encounter teaches me something new I imagine even non writers would thoroughly enjoy Mr King s memoir.

  27. Escrever m gico, a gua da vida A gua de gra a Ent o beba Beba at ficar saciado Eu nunca tinha lido nada do Stephen King, Comecei por Sobre a Escrita e sinto que conheci esse homem por toda a vida.Mais do que um manual sobre a arte de escrever, esse livro traz muitos ensinamentos sobre a vida um livro curto, direto, did tico, divertido e muito envolvente Marquei minhas passagens favoritas porque Sobre a Escrita o tipo de livro para pegar, reler, relembrar e aprender tudo de novo.Estou escrevendo [...]

  28. This is a fantastic book about writing recommended to me by numerous friends and acquaintances, it did not disappoint With most nonfiction I feel as if I do not really need to remember every detail or fact listed, but with On Writing I wish that I could It offers an abundance of useful advice that would do any writer much good, regardless of age or experience.At first I felt unsettled by the anecdotes when I began the novel, I expected something like writing grammar salesmanship or something for [...]

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