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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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Wish I had read this years ago. Previously not a Stephen King or a horror fan, I never read one of his books, though I liked The Shining and Misery movies. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Silverton
This was very good book, both for getting to know Stephen king the person and Stephen king the writer , I felt as though I was in one of his classes on creative writing . Read morePublished 6 days ago by iris watkins ball
Funny and informative. King writes in the first person exactly the way he comes across in an interview. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Robert K. Broder
It’s easy to assume (and maybe even hope) that Stephen King isn’t a good writer—surely someone so prolific, popular, and obsessed with the supernatural can’t be much of an artist,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nicholas C Wisseman
King does spend a lot of time telling us about his life, but he focuses on craft, as well - and living the writer's life is part of being a writer, after all. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Luke J. Morris
Steven King is the reason that I never gave up writing and now I am published author of a true story. Thank you for your endless passion to pursue your dream.Published 9 days ago by Eugenea Couture