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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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better."
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this was a gift for my son who is a blog writer with a passion for fiction. He was excited to get started reading it.Published 2 days ago by Pam Ellis
the autobiography was clunky at times but the advice for writers is terrific. The story after about 1999 was very goodPublished 2 days ago by AK Cohoon
Best book ever on revealing the raptures of this heavenly craft and divinity of editing it. Stephen King is the ultimate example of someone who does as he says and he has the body... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michael Kormanicki
Nobody publishes more pages than Stephen King, and he talks about it here. Whether you're just writing as a hobby, or you're an experienced author, there is plenty here to pick... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Stephen Ray
As a life long writer I agree with Mr. King's advice. As might be expected of such an exceptional author, his relaxed approach to the craft is bound to be an inspiration to the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Philip John Tremblay