“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the 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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About the Author:
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Drunken Fireworks, Finders Keepers, Revival, Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63, adapted as a 2016 series on Hulu starring James Franco, was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
I am reviewing the audio download of this book, read by Stephen King himself. As a lover of books, I read as many as I can squeeze into my time, I have always loved to learn how and why someone does what they do. Reading memoirs are a great place to start to get to know someone a little better. I love that the first few chapters we are taken down memory lane with King. We learn more about his time growing up as a kid and where his writing started. He was so young when he first started writing stories.
Chapter 4 to the end is the bag of novel tricks from the writing master. Listening to the audiobook was like sitting down with Stephen King, talking over a coffee about how to write well. King is to the point about what he does to make his novels how they are, not adding any fluff to make it a longer book. He is straight to the point and tells the reads this is how he has become successful.
Do you know that writers should have a tool box? What should go in there and in each level? This is all explained to a tee and makes a lot of sense when you hear King talk about it. I found this novel to be great for all readers, not just people who want to write. I think this would be great for bloggers and book reviewers alike. It gives you an idea of story, narrative, characters, dialogue and so mch more that you can really use that when critiquing your next book for review.
I devoured this novel over a few days and I am sure to listen to it again soon. I am actually going to pick up a paperback copy to have on hand to go back through. If you are a Stephen King fan you will also love the memoir part of getting to know your favourite writer a bit better.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and also a 5 out of 5 stars for the narrations by Stephen King.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~