On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing

"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 t...


Details On Writing

TitleOn Writing
ISBN9780743455961
Author
Release DateJul 1st, 2002
PublisherPocket Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Language, Writing, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Reference, Biography Memoir, Audiobook, Horror, Books About Books
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Reviews On Writing

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2017-05-21
    ”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 ...
  • Madeline
    2009-11-28
    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 sugge...
  • Ariel
    2017-11-18
    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...
  • Jayson
    2016-12-14
    (A) 87% | ExtraordinaryNotes: The first novel-length book I’d ever finished over the span of one day. Done over two sittings, with a nap in between.
  • Fabian
    2012-06-22
    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, becau...
  • Wil Wheaton
    2010-01-02
    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 more for me as a writer than anything, and any success I've found as a storyteller can be traced to my reading it.
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2007-12-17
    I read this shortly after finishing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, actually it would be more 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 w...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2011-08-29
    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 so...
  • Joe Valdez
    2014-01-08
    January 6, 2018 reviewI'm kicking off my fifth year on Goodreads 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 a...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    2018-06-03
    I haven’t done much writing in the past few years, but reading this book made me want to get back into it. I think Stephen King’s advice will help me be more confident in my writing in the future! Loved this.
  • Cecily
    2016-11-22
    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 bu...
  • Dan Schwent
    2008-02-07
    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, a...
  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    2018-03-02
    There is NO ONE I trust more than Stephen King when it comes to writing
  • Lizzy
    2016-09-03
    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.
  • Hannah Greendale
    2016-11-21
    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, follo...
  • فهد الفهد
    2015-02-17
    On Writing حصلت على هذا الكتاب وقرأته على الكندل، كأول تجربة لي مع هذا الجهاز الرائع والذي صنع بعناية للقراء، أكثر ما أعجبني في الكندل هو أنه يخبرك عن السطور التي أعجبت الكثير من الناس فقاموا بتظليلها، هكذا تتشارك القراءة مع كل من اشترى الكتاب وقرأه عل...
  • J. Kent Messum
    2013-08-16
    There are countless books out there on writing, storytelling, screenwriting, style, etc. A lot of them are too formulaic and more 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...
  • Diane
    2017-01-10
    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 more books about writing. King has good advice on ways to improve your writing, but he also has some knockout stories about his life and h...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    2018-03-16
    This was amazing! Much more than I had hoped for! As a semi-fan of Stephen King and his writing (I love some of his books, I feel like a lot of the others are dragging), I didn’t really know what to get out of this non-fictional work on writing. I was curious to hear about this craft from one of the most prolific and popular authors out there, but mostly I wanted a behind-the-scenes look on what it’s like to write a book. I was surprised to f...
  • Jason Koivu
    2010-06-16
    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...
  • Lou
    2010-05-20
    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 hi...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    2016-11-05
    "Books are a uniquely portable magic."This book blew my mind!!! I mean, I knew I loved Stephen King and I already knew a lot of the things you learn in this book, but to read it in his own words is even better!The biographical part of the book was truly amazing, this man has come through so much, whether it's alcoholism, the drug addiction or the accident which nearly killed him. And he's so humble and honest about all of these things. And it jus...
  • Elizabeth Sagan
    2016-03-10
    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.
  • Robin
    2018-05-30
    I'm a fan of Stephen King's earlier works and a lot of the classic movie adaptations. I wouldn't say I'm a superfan, but since I am working on changing my status of aspiring writer to published author, I can use all the help I can get, especially from someone as prolific and universally read as he.We all know King is a master storyteller. So it's not surprising that for much of this book, he's doing just that. The first big chunk of this book is ...
  • Andrew Smith
    2015-11-26
    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...
  • Becky
    2009-02-01
    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...
  • Leah Williams
    2007-07-04
    I wish I could give this book more 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 mak...
  • Maria Clara
    2018-04-19
    No se puede negar que Stephen King sabe muy bien de lo que habla, pero yo no me siento cómoda con él. No sé, es como si al leerlo, estuviera viendo un programa en la tv con interferencias; lo siento, no sintonizo bien su pluma. Así que ni caso de esta reseña...
  • Stepheny
    2015-08-17
    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 w...
  • Paul O'Neill
    2017-02-04
    The master shares his recommendations for all writers, they should pay attentionOverview – 4 starsI found this book to be more 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 dedic...