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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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Every writer should read. It also makes you like Mister King as a man.Published 10 hours ago by capt367272
This is the best textbook I have ever read. King spun a perfect mixture of autobiography and instruction that kept me reading and learning as i devoured this book. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I have re-read this book more than once, and lent it to friends multiple times. If you want to become a writer, you MUST read this book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Shannon Quinn
Time to learn from the master storyteller. Maybe some day YOU will be doing a review of MY First Novel.Published 1 day ago by Queen B
Only Stephen King could possibly have penned this book about writing. It is in the very image of the man and his books, which probably shouldn't be surprising. Read morePublished 1 day ago by VG
King's anecdotal vignettes are a pleasure to read, and his advice on drafting and crafting is clear and insightful. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Aaron Bowie
A lovely time hanging out with Stephen King, a master of conversational writing, as well as some good writing advice from an old pro. Definitely worth the read.Published 2 days ago by Katharine Tree
Stephen did a wonderful job. I would have loved to have this book narrated by King himself, what a treasure that would be. Read morePublished 2 days ago by VLZ
Very good book. The first part of the book is largely autobiographical, which is interesting if not unhelpful. Still, it was interesting to get some background on King's life. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jack Raburn