On Writing

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 25, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
This volume "really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists", written by American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy, Stephen King (b. 1947). The first third of the book contains King's memoir, which includes heartfelt tidbits about his brother, mother and his long battles with alcohol and drug addiction. The second part of the book, "On Writing," is where aspiring novelists might find inspiration. King describes the symbolism in many of his novels and offers writers common sense advice. He presents his taboos of writing: adverbs (especially those in dialog) and the passive voice. He describes his writer's toolbox, including examples of both good and bad writing, sometimes taken from his own work, sometimes taken from other writers. He also describes his approach to research. King concludes by including a list of nearly a hundred novels that he considers the best that he's read in the last three or four years.
 

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If you're a writer, whether MFA professor, blogger shut in your bedroom, journalist, or scribbler pursuing the classic novelist's struggle, everything you need to know is here. It's even entertaining ... Read full review

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This is a memoir disguised as a book about writing and whoever said this is helpful for writers lied big time. Liar liar pants on fire. Seriously, this is the worst type of book for an artist. There's ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
28
Section 4
33
Section 5
50
Section 6
60
Section 7
63
Section 8
65
Section 18
135
Section 19
159
Section 20
178
Section 21
188
Section 22
209
Section 23
222
Section 24
257
Section 25
266

Section 9
74
Section 10
77
Section 11
85
Section 12
87
Section 13
95
Section 14
103
Section 15
111
Section 16
115
Section 17
129
Section 26
270
Section 27
277
Section 28
283
Section 29
286
Section 30
289
Section 31
293
Section 32
298
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About the author (2002)

Stephen King is the author of more than thirty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Dreamcatcher, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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