On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Hodder & Stoughton, Sep 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages

There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as 'the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.

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 the 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.

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User Review  - Letora - LibraryThing

This book is definitely now a favorite of mine. There are so many ways in which Stephen King describes writing that fit my own views. He is straight, to the point, and doesn't waste countless pages ... Read full review

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User Review  - deeEhmm - LibraryThing

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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About the author (2001)

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, and shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award).

Many of King's books have been turned into celebrated films, television series and streamed events including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald's Game and It.

King is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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