On Writing



On Writing On Writing Begins With King S Childhood And His Uncannily Early Focus On Writing To Tell A Story King Next Turns To The Basic Tools Of His Trade And Culminates With A Profoundly Moving Account Of How King S Overwhelming Need To Write Spurred Him Toward Recovery If You Don T Have The Time To Read, You Don T Have The Time Or The Tools To Write In 1999, Stephen King Began To Write About His Craft And His Life By Midyear, A Widely Reported Accident Jeopardized The Survival Of Both And In His Months Of Recovery, The Link Between Writing And Living Became Crucial Than Ever Rarely Has A Book On Writing Been So Clear, So Useful, And So Revealing On Writing Begins With A Mesmerizing Account Of King S Childhood And His Uncannily Early Focus On Writing To Tell A Story A Series Of Vivid Memories From Adolescence, College, And The Struggling Years That Led Up To His First Novel, Carrie, Will Afford Readers A Fresh And Often Very Funny Perspective On The Formation Of A Writer King Next Turns To The Basic Tools Of His Trade How To Sharpen And Multiply Them Through Use, And How The Writer Must Always Have Them Close At Hand He 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 Serialized In The New Yorker To Vivid Acclaim, On Writing Culminates With A Profoundly Moving Account Of How King S Overwhelming Need To Write Spurred Him Toward Recovery, And Brought Him Back To His Life Brilliantly Structured, Friendly And Inspiring, On Writing Will Empower And Entertain Everyone Who Reads It.

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels

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  • On Writing
  • Stephen King
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  • 08 November 2018
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10 thoughts on “On Writing

  1. Jeffrey Keeten says:

    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 will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well It s about getting up, getting well, and getting over Getting happy okay Getting happy I can t tell you how many people I ve talked to over my lifetime who wanted to write a book Most didn t know what they wanted to write about, but some of them wanted to write their autobiography 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 will re...

  2. Madeline says:

    Let s be honest Stephen King is not one of the greatest writers of all time He will never win a Pulitzer or a Nobel he might win a Newberry though, if he ever decides to tap into the Kids Young Adult market , and on the few times his books are featured in the New York Times Book Review, the reviewer will treat the book with a sort of haughty disdain, knowing their time could be better spent trashing Joyce Carol Oates None of this should suggest, however, that King is not qualified to write a Let s be honest Stephen King is not one of the greatest writers of all time He will never win a Pulitzer or a Nobel he might win a Newberry though, if he ever decides to tap into the Kids Young Adult market , and on the few times his books are featured in the New York Times Book Review, the reviewer will treat the book with a sort of haughty disdain, knowing their time could be better spent trashing Joyce Carol Oates None of this should suggest, however, that King is not qualified to write a book about how to write Sure, he churns out pulpy horror stories that are proudly displayed in airport bookstores, but the man knows how to write a good story, and he s probably one of the most well known, non dead American authors in the world So he must be doing something right I m not the biggest fan of King s books, but I really enjoyed On Writing He talks ...

  3. Ariel says:

    There s this magic thing that happens sometimes I can t wait to reread a book I haven t even finished yet It s a rare feeling, but one that happens whenever I m in the midst of a new favourite book I m reading these amazing scenes, freaking out over fantastic passages, and already looking forward to the second time I ll read them, when they ll be even clearer and start to feel familiar.It s a rare occurrence, it on...

  4. Fabian says:

    So it s become very clear to me now that very few writers actually write about the craft The only Latin American writer to do so Mario Vargas Llosa who took several years off of his busy novel writing to write about his now ex pal Gabriel Garcia Marquez But I suddenly forgot who the King was no, I mean literally I ve not read him in years High school being the prime time for Stephen King, all the guy has us...

  5. Wil Wheaton says:

    I know it s like saying puppies are cute, but it bears repeating everyone who wants to write, whether for a living or not, simply must read this book On Writing didfor me as a writer than anything, and any success I ve found as a storyteller can be traced to my reading it.

  6. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I read this shortly after finishing NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month this year, actually it would beaccurate to say I devoured it This is full of great writing advice, and I ll need to get a copy and read it 1 2 times a year Most helpful The section on grammar Seriously, I never really learned grammar Gould said something else that was interesting on the day I turned in my first two pieces write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open Your stuff starts out being jus I read this shortly after finishing NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month this year, actually it would beaccurate to say I devoured it This is full of great writing advice, and I ll need to get a copy and read it 1 2 times a year Most helpful The section on grammar Seriously, I never really learned grammar Gould said something else that was ...

  7. Riku Sayuj says:

    The book is great and if you like writing, it is probably a must read.I could write a summary of the book, it is easy enough to summarize and there are only a few important points that King presents, but then I dont want you to get it for free Go and read the book yourself, it is worth it Rude As King says, if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second to least of your concerns The least of all should be polite society and what it expects If you intend to write The book is great and if you like writing, it is probably a must read.I could write a summary of the book, it is easy enough to summarize and there are only a few important points that King presents, but then I dont want you to get it for free Go and read the book yourself, it is worth it Rude As King says, if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second to least of your concerns The least of all should be polite society and what it expects If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway Here is are a few excerpts from the book that might inspire you to take my advice If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others read a lot and write a lot There s no way around these two things that I m aware of, no shortcut.I m a slow reader, but I usually get through seventy or eighty books a year, mostly ction I don t read in order to stu...

  8. Joe Valdez says:

    January 6, 2018 reviewI m kicking off my fifth year on Goodreads with a re read of the best book about writing that I ve read to date I ve considered that On Writing A Memoir of the Craft Stephen King s contribution to the crowded field of How To Write a Novel, published in 2000 might hold this slot due to King being one of my favorite living authors Ball players can tune out a coach who never made it in the pros quicker than a guy who did and was a superstar to boot, and I m certainlyJanuary 6, 2018 reviewI m kicking off my fifth year on Goodreads with a re read of the best book about writing that I ve read to date I ve considered that On Writing A Memoir of the Craft Stephen King s contribution to the crowded field of How To Write a Novel, published in 2000 might hold this slot due to King being one of my favorite living authors Ball players can tune out a coach who never made it in the pros quicker than a guy who did and was a superstar to boot, and I m certainlylikely to heed the advice of a guru who didn t attain his divinity by mysterious means The author of The Shining certainly had my attention.King begins ...

  9. Cecily says:

    Like the curate s egg, this is good in parts I can see why writers, and budding writers find this book inspirational, and fans of his oeuvre will enjoy learning how certain stories came to be But it s several very different books and booklets, within a single set of covers curious that a book about writing doesn t seem to know what sort of a book it is.In one of the three forewords, King says Most books about writing are filled with bullshit I found a fair bit here, too But I also found Like the curate s egg, this is good in parts I can see why writers, and budding writers find this book inspirational, and fans of his oeuvre will enjoy learning how certain stories came to be But it s several very different books and booklets, within a single set of covers curious that a book about writing doesn t seem to know what sort of a book it is.In one of the three forewords, King says Most books about writing are filled with bullshit I found a fair bit here, too But I also found good things, including a passionate passage about books being a sort of telepathy, culminating with the delicious Books are a uniquely portable magic. This book isn t about how to write in general, it s about how to write like Stephen King, and for that, it may be excellent.1 C.V 4 memoir, 118 pages, or 33% of the book Th...

  10. Dan Schwent says:

    Stephen King shares some stories of his past and some writing tips.This was either my fourth or fifth time reading this I got it for Christmas around the turn of the century and I ve buzz sawed through it a few times before The first time, I was just cutting my writing teeth Now, with seven or eight first drafts of novels writing around, I came to the book with a completely different perspective.Most books about writing, as I ve said before, are by people I ve never heard of, and are akin to Stephen King shares some stories of his past and some writing tips.This was either my fourth or fifth time reading this I got it for Christmas around the turn of the century and I ve buzz sawed through it a few times before The first time, I was just cutting my writing teeth Now, with seven or eight first drafts of novels writing around, I came to the book with a completely different perspective.Most books about writing, as I ve said before, are by people I ve never heard of, and are akin to a psychic handing out lottery numbers If he or she can predict that, why aren t they using the lottery numbers for themselves Since Stephen King is the big kahuna, I figure he could teach me a few things.The biography chapters were my favorite the first time around and were still the most fun to read I had vague recollections of these chapters, such as little Stevie needing fluid drained from his ears, and King s substance abu...

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