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On Writing A Memoir of the Craft are Books 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

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft are Books ”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 because their life had been so thrilling. I think my life has been reasonably boring, and it usually turns out that my life has been ten times more exciting than theirs. When situations like this happen to me, it is usually mildly amusing, but it can quickly turn to sneering when the person reveals to me that they don’t have time to read or don’t really like to read. Don’t talk to me about writing a book if you don’t read. Don’t talk to me about NOT having time to read. What does Stephen King have to say about this?”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 those two things….”Now, why would someone not want to read? Maybe it depends on when they were born. ”But TV came relatively late to the King household, and I’m glad. I am, when you stop to think of it, a member of a fairly select group: the final handful of American novelists who learned to read and write before they learned to eat a daily helping of video bullshit.”Now someone needs to wrap me in cellophane and stand me up in a museum because I’m probably one of the youngest members of that elite group. I grew up on a farm in the middle of bumfrilling Kansas, where a twenty foot antenna could only pull in three TV channels and one of those channels rolled most of the time. TV had no real impact on my life until I left home at the age of 18 and moved to Phoenix. Thank Zeus!!Now I have young, wannabe writers writing me from all over the world, sending me links to “hilarious” YouTube videos, or they talk to me about binging all weekend on a Netflix show. They are completely enamored with spoon fed entertainment, and what they find funny is to me like paddling around in the kiddy pool of humor in the book world. I wonder why I’m so grumpy.”A novel likeThe Grapes of Wrath may fill a new writer with feelings of despair and good old-fashioned jealousy---’I’ll never be able to write anything that good, not if I live to be a thousand’---but such feelings can also serve as a spur, goading the writer to work harder and aim higher.”I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt that way. Whenever I read a wonderful book like The Great Gatsby or meet a character like Atticus Finch, I fall on my bed and stare at the ceiling and think why am I harboring any thoughts that I can write a novel? My problem, of course, is that I don’t want to just write a novel. I want to write a fantastic novel. I don’t want to just entertain people; I want them to feel the socks ripped off their feet and have them floating around in the air around their head when they read my novel. Stephen King will go into a time when he was struggling with alcohol and using drugs, or should I say abusing drugs. He will tell you all about the accident that nearly ended his life, which happened while he was writing this book. He will talk about trials and tribulations. He will recommend books. There is a whole list of modern books in the back of this book that impressed the hell out of him and impacted his writing. The point is, of course, that even though he is probably the most famous writer on the planet, he is still learning, still enjoying reading, and still writing every day. I take a book everywhere I go. I take a book with me to work every day and read a page or two while my computer is booting up. I have a book with me all the time because I never know when I will be sitting in road work or waiting on a doctor or gleefully reading, in the glow of my flashlight beam on the pages of my book, waiting for the power to come back on at work. I live to read. I live to write. I fornicate somewhere in the middle. This has been one of the most inspiring books about writing I’ve ever read. King talked about examples of the work ethics of writers, but the one that resonated with me the most was Anthony Trollope. He used to write, EXACTLY, for two and half hours every day before going to the post office. If his writing time was up, he would stop in the middle of a sentence and head to work. If he finished a novel fifteen minutes before his time was up, he wrote THE END and started immediately into his next novel. It brought tears to my eyes because that is what it means to be a writer...dedication to the craft. If you want to get rich, go be a frilling stock broker. If you want to write, then turn the squawk box off and search for those buried fossils in the words swimming around in your head. King calls good ideas fossils. For me writing is more like when Michelangelo used to lay his head on a block of marble and listened to the voices in the stone that wanted to be freed. All you have to do is chisel those characters free, and give them life.If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at: https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten. 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 beganOn 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.. Bestseller Book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft 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 about writing frankly and practically, mixing tried-and-true pieces of advice (fear the adverb, never write "replied/remarked/muttered/yelled etc" when you can write "said", and don't be afraid to kill off your favorite character) with anecdotes about how some of his books came about. I especially liked the story behind Carrie: King was working as a janitor at a high school, and one night he was cleaning the girls' locker room. He asked the other janitor what that little metal dispenser box on the wall was, and the other man replied that it was for "pussy pluggers." At the same time, King had been reading about how psychic abilities often manifest in girls just beginning to go through puberty. He combined the two ideas and wrote out a couple pages that would turn into the opening of Carrie. (if you haven't read it you should.) Many thanks to King's wife, who rescued the pages from the wastebasket after King first decided that the idea was stupid and threw them away. So, in conclusion: even if you aren't a fan of Stephen King's work, he has some very good advice about writing and storytelling, plus some good stories of his own. Sure, you can call him a sellout. But I like him. Also, he once said in an interview that Stephenie Meyer "can't write worth a darn." You stay classy, Mr. King.
On Writing A Memoir of the Craft On Writing A Memoir Of The Craft eBook King My primary writing project during the past year has been to write a memoir Being new to the genre, I started by publishing my father s memoir, enrolled in an online writing course, read numerous writing books, and reviewed a few good memoirs Stephen King s book, On Writing A On Writing A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Jun , Read an Excerpt And Further, Part I Door Shut, Door Open Earlier in this book, when writing about my brief career as a sports reporter for the Lisbon Weekly Enterprise I was, in On Writing Quotes by Stephen King On Writing Summary eNotes On Writing, as its title suggests, is Stephen King s book on how to write King has split the book into two parts in the first, he narrates the story of his life in a series of vignettes Here On Writing J.K Rowling These Five Tips Will Transform Your Writing Follow J.K Rowling s Golden Rules For Success I haven t got ten rules that guarantee success, although I promise I d share them if I did The truth is that I

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    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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  • 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 because [...]

  • 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 boo [...]

  • 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 only happens a few times a year, but it happened with On Writing The moment it start [...]

  • 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 useful insight, no shit, because he is not only prolific uber successful he got 400,000 for [...]

  • 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 did for me as a writer than anything, and any success I ve found as a storyteller can be traced to my reading it.

  • I read this shortly after finishing NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month this year, actually it would be accurate 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 just for you, in [...]

  • 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 truthfull [...]

  • January 6, 2018 reviewI m kicking off my fifth year on 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 certainly likely to heed the [...]

  • 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 thi [...]

  • 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 p [...]

  • It s rare to find an author that adventures into writing about his craft, but Stephen King, with On Writing A Memoir of the Craft, is not one of them Great book good tips best one write something you would want to read on how to write along with a nice memoir Recommended.

  • On Writing A Memoir of the Craft offers an illuminating look at Stephen King s life, highlighting moments that shaped him as an author and revealing lessons he gained from decades of practice and publication King is unapologetically himself, blending whit and honesty with sophomoric humor and the occasional curse word For example, when discussing the sin of using passive voice, King provides an example of how not to construct a sentence, followed by the type of commentary one can expect to find [...]

  • There are countless books out there on writing, storytelling, screenwriting, style, etc A lot of them are too formulaic and than a bit bloody cliche To be honest, the majority usually prove to be a waste of time But there are a few that are great, and On Writing is definitely one of them Stephen King is a household name, no doubt, but of all Mr King s books, this is the one I praise the most Part biography, part How to manual, this book is a must read for anyone and everyone There s so much for [...]

  • This book on writing was even better than I expected I loved that Stephen King shared some memories from childhood and explained how he became a writer This book helped me knock off two goals in one I ve been trying to read the best Stephen King books good grief, the man is prolific and I m trying to read books about writing King has good advice on ways to improve your writing, but he also has some knockout stories about his life and how they ve influenced his novels The book ends with a moving [...]

  • On Writing is for me hands down the best book I ve read about the craft of writing and living the life of a writer by a writer.This is not a textbook on grammar and sentence structure No, the subtitle very succinctly describes the contents This is about Stephen King s journey to become a published author and his experiences in wrestling with words To hear stories about how one of the world s most popular authors once upon a time struggled just like the rest of us mortals is refreshing Those stor [...]

  • This is a must read for writers, readers and Stephen King fans Fully laden with inspiration to walk the walk and start that journey of writing a story of you re own from short story to a full novel Imagine great writers of the past like Dickens around to give advice to aspiring writers it s a real opportunity to grasp This man, Stephen King, worked hard to make himself into a writer and had sheer determination, from working all hours to pay his college education to writing his first stories in a [...]

  • This is very much a book of three parts In the first section, King provides a series of anecdotes that seem somewhat fractured and random They loosely cover his early years, the time before he became a successful writer Some of the tales are a little spooky, to be honest Others clearly portray what it was like for him, his wife and his children when he was spending long hours writing whilst also holding down a day job He had a number of jobs, some pretty menial, but he eventually settled into th [...]

  • This is a good read for someone who is either interested in Stephen King s life or wants to become a writer and needs either tips to do it better or some motivation to keep going If you don t find yourself in these categories, skip this book.I m the kind of person who would read this guy s socks label if I could, so yeah, 5 stars.

  • I love Stephen King I m not IN love with him, but I love his writing, his stories, his characters, and now, his advice Read a lot 4 6 hours a day, even Yessir, Mr King Finally some advice I want to heed OK, I should say that this is really only a small fraction of the wisdom he imparts in this book, and I neglectfully left out the write a lot part that immediately follows read a lot But I have never actually aspired to be a writer, so the reading part is good enough for me I admire writers, sure [...]

  • I wish I could give this book than five stars The first 100 or so pages were highly colored anecdotes from SK s childhood did you know Stephen King had an obese, negligent babysitter who used to sit on his head and fart me neither I thought the whole book was going to be like this a personal history intertwined with the occasional tip about persistence, and that was OK with me That s how entertaining the first bit is It certainly makes the book worth reading even for those uninterested in learn [...]

  • What better day to post a review for this book than on Stephen King s birthday Happy Birthday, ya crazy bastard Anyway as most of the GR community knows I am the real life Annie Wilkes a huge fan of Stephen King He has been a major influence in my life since I was about 10 years old His writing changed my life His books changed my mind my way of thinking.Listen, not everyone knows this but I m about to out myself I am an aspiring writer I don t flash it, I don t wave it out there for all to see [...]

  • The master shares his recommendations for all writers, they should pay attentionOverview 4 starsI found this book to be interesting than I thought it would be There s a lot of King s personal thoughts about his experiences in the writing business, and what made him a writer in the first place He covers his rough experience when he got smacked by an idiot in a van in between writing this On WritingThe majority of this book is dedicated to helping writers to work on their toolbox He shares what w [...]

  • I think that this was a very courageous book for Stephen King to write And I loved the casual, conversational tone as King shares with us, glimpse s into his life both before and after his initial success He doesn t pull any punches either we see the good, the bad and the ugly It is somehow, not at all, and exactly what I expected In truth, I loved the memoir part best but even those parts that are instructional in the art of writing are very engaging.Is it not incredible, that such a gifted, su [...]

  • Although I have no intention of writing anything other than reviews, I found this book about writing to be interesting and chock full of good information The first portion was autobiographical in nature, and that was the part I enjoyed most Hearing about King s menial jobs and how hard he worked, combined with the drug and alcohol abuse and other obstacles he s overcome, made him seem real to me, somehow More like a regular guy The parts on writing, even though I m not an author, were helpful t [...]

  • Simply the greatest book ever written about the craft of writing I have read it times than I can count, and each new encounter teaches me something new I imagine even non writers would thoroughly enjoy Mr King s memoir.

  • Escrever m gico, a gua da vida A gua de gra a Ent o beba Beba at ficar saciado Eu nunca tinha lido nada do Stephen King, Comecei por Sobre a Escrita e sinto que conheci esse homem por toda a vida.Mais do que um manual sobre a arte de escrever, esse livro traz muitos ensinamentos sobre a vida um livro curto, direto, did tico, divertido e muito envolvente Marquei minhas passagens favoritas porque Sobre a Escrita o tipo de livro para pegar, reler, relembrar e aprender tudo de novo.Estou escrevendo [...]

  • This is a fantastic book about writing recommended to me by numerous friends and acquaintances, it did not disappoint With most nonfiction I feel as if I do not really need to remember every detail or fact listed, but with On Writing I wish that I could It offers an abundance of useful advice that would do any writer much good, regardless of age or experience.At first I felt unsettled by the anecdotes when I began the novel, I expected something like writing grammar salesmanship or something for [...]

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