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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 a good mix of storytelling and reality check. I'll keep it on hand for tips and to remind myself of the ups and downs of the creative process. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Linda Deluca
I really don't know why I waited so long to read this. I love how candid he is and honest. I like that there is humor and such great ideas without the BS. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a writer, I've read all the books 'on writing.' None of them come close to King's. Yes, that means Julia Cameron with all her morning pages and exercises; Natalie Goldberg and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Morgan Leigh
I truly enjoyed this book. I have been an admirer of Stephen King for a long time and I was happy to know about his biography. The second part is about the craft of writing. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Alain
Great learning more about King's youth and personal life and demons. Then the wonderful writing "tips" he gives. He is amazing.Published 10 days ago by R. Crutchfield
Picked this up after it was recommended by a friend. It is remarkably relevant for attorneys developing themes for trial.Published 10 days ago by Sue Boyd