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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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King mixes writing advice with memoir and creates an interesting, non-preachy writing book.Published 17 hours ago by 5quid
This book changed my life, both as someone who enjoys writing, but also on a personal lever. Can't recommend it enough. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by H.J.
very comprehensive and awesome work by Stephen King the great author. Was informative and really helped me as a writer grow. Love this book!Published 1 day ago by Peter Clampton
Stephen King is more than a great writer, he's a great storyteller. I enjoyed this book not only because it offered helpful writing tips, but because it offered a look into King's... Read morePublished 1 day ago by alrigby24
Part memoir, part helpful writing advice. I so enjoy the way Mr. King can tell a tale. I didn't buy this to learn how to write the great American novel; I love the way he tells a... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Becky Darby
Great book, Finally a famous author who answers the questions and in real honesty. I am sure he pissed off some of the pretentious ones with some of his answers. LOVED THIS. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sebastian Caparelli
Maybe the fifth time I've bought this book, a wonderful help.Published 8 days ago by Suzan Noyes-Mangold
I've never read any of King's many books. Never thought I'd enjoy thrillers. But, I ordered On Writing because I just started writing my first novel. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Karma B. Kitaj, PhD