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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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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 6 hours 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 15 hours 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 17 hours ago by Tali Alexander
Absolutely brilliant. Must read for any writer. Honest, brutal, and encouraging at the same time.Published 1 day 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 3 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 4 days ago by Kelly P Alexander
Kudos to Stephen King for taking the time to write this book on how to be a better writer. His suggestions and examples are clear and applicable to all types of writing. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Tom G
Read a lot of these type of books, but this is one of the best. If you're leary of King for whatever reasons (and I had a few), put those feelings aside for this book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jim Rose