"Part memoir, part writing instruction. The middle section contains a 'tool box' of fiction writing advice. The first section deals with King's upbringing and how he became a best-selling author. The final section deals with his recovery from being hit by a vehicle and how it affected his writing."
"The late Gardner can be somewhat opinionated in his advice, but he knows what he likes when it comes to well-crafted writing. Not as easy to read as other fiction writing books, but the reader will definitely benefit."
"This book is good advice for those who like to be structured and organized in life. If you would rather first put much planning into your novel before the actually writing begins, then this book is for you. If you are more free-spirited, you might find this book confining."
"What works and why it works . . . what doesn't work and why it doesn't. Illustrated throughout with examples from well-known masters — from Chekhov to Hemingway to Hailey. (text from the front cover)"