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I was stunned by Mary Karr's memoir, The Liar's Club.

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When On Writing came out in October 2000, it was the talk of the publishing and the reading world. Everyone wanted to see what the prolific master of horror had to say about writing --- especially after his car accident, which he openly admitted had temporarily paralyzed his inner muse.
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  • Written : 2000.
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is non-fiction by Stephen King.
  • Synopsis :
    Stephen King's 'On Writing' is, as the title suggests, a book about the prolific author's experience as a writer. Although he discusses several of his books, one doesn't need to have read them or even be familiar with them to enjoy 'On Writing.'

    The first section of the book is best described as an autobiography. It centers on his early exposure to the world of fiction and his childhood attempts at writing. He describes his early attempts to get published, his breakthrough success with the novel Carrie, and his subsequent development as a tremendously popular author. King also discusses his problems with drugs and alcohol and how they adversely affected his career.

    The second section is practical advice on writing, from tips on grammar to ideas about developing plot and character. King describes it as a guide for how "a competent writer can become a good one."

    The third (much shorter) section is once again autobiographical; it deals with the events that happened in 1999 after King was struck by a vehicle while walking down an isolated country road. King describes his brush with death, his painful recovery and his struggle to start writing again.

    Stephen King is one of the most popular novelists in the world today and he got to that point for a reason. Stephen King is the author of many great novels and short stories and has millions of fans worldwide, in this Non-Fiction Memoir he gives the readers a sackful of tips on how to write great stories.

    One great thing about this book is the fact that Stephen King is writing to the point and does not shoot false hope at the readers. He says that, if you want to be a great author, you don't get the talent just from reading tips but you do need the natural talent inside of you. If the readers were expecting to find that he tells them to read on for the sake of reading or to just put the book down. Stephen King, early in the book, makes it clear that he is not a miracle worker and that what is in this memoir is only just a little of what got him to where he is today.

    If your an aspiring writer but need some tips to help give your stories the edge you want them to have then Stephen King can help you with this book but if you want a miracle then dedicate your life to God!

    Stephen King offers an exciting, interesting and helpful read with this book and uses facts rather than opinion and lies. He is straight and to the point (unlike many others) and even adds some stories from his OWN life into the book just to make it a more interesting read. If you want to be a best-selling novelist someday then this book will give you just a little help but you need the talent, as Stephen constantly tells the readers.

    This book is fantastic and is helpful, and interesting. It is by no means Stephen King's best book because it is fiction he excels in but believe me when I say that it is an enjoyable read nevertheless.

    Scribner 2000.

    "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.
    Dust Jacket price: $25.00


    Hodder & Stoughton 2000.

    "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.
    238 pages.
    ISBN 0 340 76996 3.

    Copyright © 2000 by Stephen King.

    Jacket illustration: Larry Rostant..
    Author photograph: Tabitha King.


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    'If tou don't have time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.' Here is Stephen King's master class on his craft.

    In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book is the extraordinary result.

    On Writing begins with a mesmerising account of King's childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing. A series of vivid memories from adolescence, college and the struggling years which led up to King's first novel, Carrie, affords readers a fresh and often very funny perspective on the formation of a writer's character. King takes the reader through crucial aspects of the writer's art and life, offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection.

    On Writing culminates in King's profoundly moving and unflinching account of his recent, near-fatal accident - an accident which could almost have come from one of his novels - and of how his overwhelming need to write spurred him towards recovery last year.

    Brilliantly structured and inspiring, On Writing will empower anyone who reads it.


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