- Publisher: Pocket Books; Later Printing edition (2001)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009BDVD2Q
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3,020 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
On Writing - A Memoir of the Craft Paperback – 2001
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
For years I dreamed of having the sort of massive oak slap that would dominate a room..In 1981 I got the one I wanted and placed it in the middle of a spacious, skylighted study in the rear of the house. For six years I sat behind that desk either drunk or wrecked out of my mind...A year or two after I sobered up, I got rid of the monstrosity and put in a living-room suite where it has been...In the early nineties, before they moved on to their own lives, my kids sometimes came up in the evening to watch a basketball game or a movie and eat pizza..I got another desk-it's handmade, beautiful, and half the size of the T. rex desk. I put it at the far west end of the office, in a corner under the eave...I'm sitting under it now, a fifty-three-year-old man with bad eyes, a gimp leg, and no hangover. I'm doing what I now how to do, and as well as I know how to do it. I came through all the stuff I told you about..and now I'm going to tell you as much as I can about the job...It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. Life isn't a support-system for art. It's the other way around.
Top customer reviews
After reading the book, I found a new level of respect for Stephen King. He tells it like it is. At the end of the day, writing is really about the story. Truth be told, I read Hemmingway and Steinbeck in school because I had to and I read King because I wanted to. So he must be doing something right. New writers have a lot to learn from King, and I'm thankful that he took time to share his insight.
There are some lessons included and you are invited to send your solution to the author. I did not do that but I was tempted to send him the "Hey turkey" text. I did not do that either, firstly because he has probably already received thousands of those and, more importantly, because I haven't read the original book. Actually, On Writing was the first Stephen King book I ever read; maybe I should pick up one (Carrie?) to see what all the fuss is about.
Most recent customer reviews
As the title suggests, this is a book written for nervous authors looking for success by a frighteningly successful author.Read more