On Writing Book Reviews

Stephen King

On Writing by Stephen King Book Summary

Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King


Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

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Book Name On Writing
Genre Language Arts & Disciplines
Language English
E-Book Size 9.94 MB

On Writing (Stephen King) Book Reviews 2023

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Great book loved it. Such an amazing person

Love it. I love this book and can’t wait to read it again!

Boring. Starts with an autobiography with little tidbits. Towards the middle of the book is where “real” writing instruction happens, which is very generous to begin with. Best advice he’s given is to simply read a lot and write a lot.

How Stephen King Writes. King describes how he writes, and begins by giving some background into his life, which is an interesting way to start. The best parts of the book are the stories King tells. He’s a great storyteller. I was less interested in his observations about the writing process. Like many successful writers it’s hard for him to remember his general principles may be things that work for him but may not work for others nor may necessarily be useful ways to think about being g a writer.

Any Key to King's Writing Mind Is a Gift. Perhaps Stephen King does not do his best describing how he writes to all, but his true gift is storytelling in any sense. For the reviewer who knows him only by his horror tales, he also writes amazing fictional stories that are not scary, nor would they be categorized as "horror" novels. These are probably my favorite, although they do contain some "bizarre" or unexplainable type things - but that is what makes them so appealing. Yet, they are never forgotten for their depth and wisdom. King is a genius with an amazing mind that unravels on paper.

On writing. The biographical parts including post accident were interesting and enjoyable. The advice on writing not as much, unless you are perhaps a late adolescent boy hoping to follow in this master cranker's footsteps. And he is a master cranker. More power to him. For what it was it was overpriced too

Smashing. Enough said

Excellent. I read this book for a final essay assignment, and I had so much to highlight. The stories at the beginning were well told and lighthearted, and the seamless segway into the this and that of writing made the topic that much more interesting. King is an excellent writer, and the way he wrote and explained writing, filling the book with stories, and funny comments of his, it was almost as though the book was one of those can’t put it down books. Highly recommend.

Invite Stephen over for some tea and listen for a while. If you’d like to have Stephen King come over and tell you several engaging story about his life and learn some great tips on the process of writing, this is the book!

For the Lover of the Craft. It doesn't matter so much if you're even a fan of King's magnum opus, if you want real advice, quality advice that you can apply to your own literary pursuits, you've found your book. It's one of those rare gems that surreptitiously teaches you far more than you could ever realize you're actually learning because you're so busy being wildly entertained. 'On Writing' is worth reading, if for no other reason, simply for its wealth of King's personal essays; pieces of nonfiction so funny, so poignant, so deeply moving that I was left wishing King would take the time to publish a memoir or two. It's that good. Really, it is.

An amazing read. I have to admit, I thought this book would be quite bland, but it was actually quite satisfying.

Good advice. At first I was like, is this a memoir or an instruction, a little of both and very well done!

The Craft. This book is great for aspiring writers and those who want to know a bit more about Stephen King. As an aspiring writer myself, I found a lot of information in this book quite useful. The information I’ve soaked up will no doubt help me in my writing journey. On Writing is a valuable tool for writers and I highly recommend it.

The Science & The Art. Stephen King wrote a book for aspiring and struggling writers but I believe he managed something larger. A book that is as much about the symbiotic relationship between a well lived life and settled work, as it is about writing. The key being that when you design your life to support positive habit building, you will create the space to hone your craft of choice, which naturally feeds satisfaction back into life. To serve writers, he delivers blunt guidance that demystifies the lore of what makes a successful writer. One of the most important bubbles he pops is the idea that creative output comes to us like some violent gust of wind. Inspiration that is supposed to consume you and carry you all the way to some brilliant novel. King distills the real effort down to a craftsperson, discipline, and a toolbox. On top of all of that he shares his life journey in away that is refreshing. This approach underscores how are lives shape us and subsequently what we write about. It’s not just about writing what we know but also leaning into your history to give your work more authenticity. An honesty that the reader will appreciate. Whether you’re a King fan or not, this is a great read about following passions and making a life.

A brilliant read for any writer!. Fantastic! That is all.

Enjoyable read and helpful!. I found myself smiling as I turned the pages and was pleasantly surprised by all of the interesting personal stories. Helpful writing tips, common sense and humor... This book was my first iBooks/iPad purchase and worth every penny! :)

On Learning the Craft of Writing. Good very good first book to read on writing storys. From a master story teller, you get the basics to good writing. This is a book one should ponder to get the most out of it.

Needs some attention!. This is a great book, but the cover is for gone with the wind. Fix!

Great Book. Excellent book for any author looking to get started writing... and stay writing.

A Great Read. Many people always ask the same questions about King, where do you get your ideas? And etc... In On Writing there is a look into the mind of Stephen King, his life, his work, and best of all his thoughts on writing. Anyone who likes his books should read this book. Aspiring writers should also read this. All in all a great read.

Larry Harrell. A revolutionary eye opener surly to entrance all generations whether interested in becoming an author/novelist or just a KING fan wanting to feel the presence of their favorite writer.

Generous. That's the word that comes to mind. That is, Stephen King did not have to write this book; it's evident throughout that he did it out of the kindness of his heart, in an effort to truly GIVE BACK to his fans and aspiring writers. For that I'm truly grateful. I took advantage of his generosity and latched onto and analyzed every word, especially the many words intended to motivate, enable, and inspire aspiring writers. Stephen is not only a great teacher, he is a very grateful and inspiring human being who loves his craft passionately, and is brutally honest about what it takes to succeed in the field. I honestly don't know how he could have made this book any better. It is perfect. Thank you, Mr. King.

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Emulating the master. This book is an intimate conversation with Stephen King about how he writes. It is jammed with useful advice on how to avoid writing a boring novel. King admonishes the budding novelist to read and write profusely, as hard work is the only path to success. I have used this handbook to in my grade 12 English Literature class - it keeps us grounded. It is easy to both read and understand and could also be used for a junior level class.

Conversational, engaging and motivating. Stephen King wants to connect with his Constant Reader and he does. I even became emotional in his telling of his accident occurring when he decided to finish writing this book. It’s admirable that he sees writing as his compass and he’s true to himself. His ability to place his finger precisely upon common threads makes his style approachable to writers.

Inspiring the practical. Stephen King writes yet another book that I cannot put down, albeit this one does not haunt me at night, and the morning after I finish the book. However, it is just as powerful, and as memorable as many of his other best sellers. King offers advice on how to write well from the perspective of a popular author. It is both practical and inspirational. Candid, and straight forward, On Writing speaks to the hearts of many aspiring writers, by drawing on the author's own experiences. A must read!

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Summary of On Writing by Stephen King

The On Writing book written by Stephen King was published on 03 October 2000, Tuesday in the Language Arts & Disciplines category. A total of 832 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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