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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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not really helpful but I still enjoyed reading it....would not have been as happy had I paid the list price but for a few dollars second hand it was okPublished 2 days ago by c.c. edwards
This book is so insightful. It was so interesting to see the events that formed and shaped him into the writer that he is. Read morePublished 3 days ago by ddogwhipdizzle
I am NOT an SK fan, but this was a very good read. I love his voice in his writing and it was great to hear, from the horse's mouth, how some of his books were written. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Paula Stout
I had read review after review about this book and kept putting off purchasing it for several years. Finally, the time was right -- I purchased it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by OkieReader
What I liked about this book is how straightforward King is. The book is small and you can read it in just a couple of days. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Cristian Guajardo Garcia
Thank you Stephen King for sharing your knowledge and experiences with me. This book was very helpful in many ways and I'm infinitely glad I've read it. Many ThanksPublished 5 days ago by Tali Alexander
Absolutely brilliant. Must read for any writer. Honest, brutal, and encouraging at the same time.Published 5 days ago by Monica
OMG the best book on writing bar none. Are you kidding? This book is like sitting down in King's living room as he extolls the wisdom of his own genius. Pearls pearls pearls! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ronny J
Best love letter Stephen King ever wrote for other writers. I'm not a writer, but I loved this timeless piece of work from the King.Published 8 days ago by Kelly P Alexander