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This is a book by Stephen King, and the title is a dead giveaway. He tells readers how to write and also how he has changed and shaped his writing skills from school, college all the way to his remarkable career.
"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 author's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer should 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 that enjoys a fantastic story well told. (back cover)
What makes this book stand out?
The story and the mix of teaching readers how to write and also telling the story, side by side.
Read it for
Learning from the master himself on the craft of writing. Perfect for budding writers looking for tips from one of the Greats.
Don't read it for
There aren’t any reasons not to read this because, A. It’s a good autobiography and B. The story is on the life of Stephen King, the greatest horror story writer of all time. It gives us a peek into his life and how his mind works.
Brief about Author Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King.Following his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mom. Components of his youth were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was in the moment, also at Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, to get great. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with older age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the care of those. Other household members provided a little home in Durham and fiscal aid. Following Stephen's grandparents passed away, Mrs. King discovered work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential center for the emotionally challenged. From his sophomore year in the University of Maine in Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the college paper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He came to encourage the anti-war motion on the Orono campus, coming at his position from a conservative perspective the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, using a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school degree. A draft board evaluation immediately post-graduation discovered him 4-F on grounds of elevated blood pressure, restricted eyesight, horizontal feet, and punctured eardrums. He met Tabitha Spruce from the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, in which they both worked as students; they wed in January of 1971. As Stephen was not able to find placement for 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 brief story sale to men's magazines. Stephen made his first professional short story sale ("The Glass Floor") to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Through the first years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to magazines. Many were assembled in the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies. In the autumn of 1971, Stephen started 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 books. Read More...