Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King
ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S TOP 100 NONFICTION BOOKS OF ALL TIME
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.
The twentieth-anniversary audio edition includes Owen King reading his essay, “Recording Audiobooks for My Dad, Stephen King,” and a recorded conversation with Joe Hill and Stephen King.
Throw out all of your other writing books, NOW!
This is by far the very best book on writing I have ever read. Only Orson Scott Card’s ‘Characters and Viewpoint’ comes even close to presenting the wealth of information and common sense advice that this book does. I love it so much that I have a softbound desk reference copy (highlighted and marked up in all the right places), a hardbound copy (that I intend to get signed by King some day), and this audiobook.
The audiobook is the best, because King himself presents it, so all of the inflections he originally intended the book to have are coming from the man himself. Plus, it’s just great to hear him talking to you about writing. It’s almost as if he has you in a room to himself and he’s giving you all of his secrets (which any writer knows, there are none—everyone’s talents are unique to the individual writer).
This is an excellent read for any aspiring author, and if you don’t have it in paper then get the audiobook first! It’s the way to go for sure!
Cheerleading for the aspiring writer
I loved this book. It gives straightforward, honest, and just plain good advice to aspiring writers. For those not interested in writing, it gives both a fascinating biographical look at some of King's formative experiences (including that awful accident) and real insight into the mind of a master. For those of us truly interested in honing our craft, it gives both hearty encouragement and down-to-earth advice about how to write. Excellent, highly recommended to writers and King fans alike.
This is the best book I have ever read. It inspires me as both a writer and a person.