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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 4, 2000
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000547HM
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Audiobook – Unabridged
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.....There are a plethora of takeaways from this fine reference, far too many to include in my review. I will attempt to prioritize the more important ones for myself and relay them to anyone kind enough to read my review on Amazon. If I have neglected to mention any of value, they have probably been mentioned or discussed before in countless other reviews of this work.
Takeaway 1--Omit needless words, adverbs, the passive voice, and excessive description whenever possible.
Takeaway 2--Imitation often precedes creation. SK related how as a child he often copied stories from authors he enjoyed verbatim; sometimes omitting and sometimes adding story fragments of his own creation. There is no shame in imitation if it is part of the learning process!
Takeaway 3--King lists his wife/marriage and his physical health as his two keys for success. The message for aspiring authors should be to exercise regularly and marry someone who is both positive and supporting of your endeavors.
Takeaway 4--Read a lot and write a lot. The art of description is a learned skill that develops and improves with copious reading and voluminous writing. There is no substitute for time invested in this make-or-break skill set.
Takeaway 5--Keep your story chronological whenever possible. Flashback sequences sometimes work well in the movies or on television, but often come across as corny or cliche in novels..
Takeaway 7--Find a network of trustworthy individuals to read and give feedback on your first draft in its rawest form.
.......Affably written and educational, this well organized book is a delight to read. There were several revelations in this book, the most important one revealed as Mr.King recounted his near-fatal accident in 1999(he was hit by a drunk driver in a van while out for his afternoon walk). He professes that life isn't a support system for art --the reverse is actually true. Art is a support system for life. Mr King recounts vividly how the inseparable link between his writing and his life helped motivate him during the many months of his painful recuperation. My favorite quote of his is near the end of the book: "Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who read your work, and enriching your own life, as well." I cannot recommend this inspirational and entertaining book highly enough to readers. Pubished in 2001? Seems like it was written yesterday!
His take on writing in what I would refer to as "freestyle" is right up my alley. For the longest time I thought novelists designed an entire plot and framework to their books, having the details listed out, character profiles, etc. Not Stephen. He comes up with the basic story just by looking at the world around him and wondering "What If?" and then he lets it rip.
My favorite part of the entire book is the underlying idea that a writer should be nothing more than an Amanuensis or transcriber of the story that already exists somewhere out there in the Universe. A writer is reading the existing story for the very first time and simply writing it down for others to enjoy.
I absolutely love that philosophy towards writing. Don't create the story. Understand that it already exists and you just have to uncover it.
It's the most rewarding and adventurous way to look at writing.