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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 H.P. Lovecraft's arcane vocabulary, Hemingway's leanness, Grisham's authenticity, Richard Dooling's artful obscenity, Jonathan Kellerman's sentence fragments. He explains why 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is an excellent demonstration of just how writing has to be embedded in an authentic way in the life of the writer. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by DrJR
The Grail Book, it is that good. Let me start by saying I have read dozens of books "on writing" and they are all mostly the same. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Steven Black
Outstanding book. King shares some valuable insights into the craft of writing. It's great to see how he approaches his writing.Published 3 days ago by Wesley H. Higaki
Fascinating, compelling reading - both autobiographical and practical - told in Stephen's no-nonsense style. A Master Class and great yarn in one.Published 3 days ago by Maggie Best
I wanted to learn how to be a better writer, this book taught me so much more. The first ten pages alone changed the way I write, and see writing. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kimanzi C.
Anyone looking to take writing seriously should read. It is not only educational but also gives you insight into how King's mind works as a writer.Published 4 days ago by karen Harvey
Great book for someone wanting to get into the competitive world of writing. King does an awesome job and goes deep.Published 5 days ago by Gary Whitaker
Excellent publication. Paints a great picture of Mr, Kings life. Writing skills, and techniques are told with humor, and the book provides the very best advice from an outstanding... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Live Well