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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.
I'm only halfway through this book but already I've learned some valuable lessons as someone who likes to write in my spare time. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Shelbs
Excellent! What a treat, to receive writing thoughts and advice from one of the greatest writers ever.Published 2 days ago by MattG
I hear writers talk about this book all the time. It's on almost every author's list of craft books no writer should be without. Read morePublished 3 days ago by R. Browning
This book rekindled a buried passion of reading and writing I had once enjoyed so much in my youth. In 8th grade, our teacher allowed (and encouraged) us to borrow THINNER from... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
Far from just a "how to" book on writing, it is an interesting read and a personal insight on the beginnings of one of America's most prolific writers.Published 8 days ago by Rick Lamarre
This is definitely an interesting book. Part biography, part writing lesson. First time I've enjoyed a biography-ish book so much.Published 15 days ago by Jake