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4.00003078106964 out of 54.00003078106964 out of 54.00003078106964 out of 54.00003078106964 out of 54.00003078106964 out of 5 4.00 (64,975 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Stephen King Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN: 9780743563376
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"If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write."

Here is Stephen King's master class on his craft.

On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King's childhood and his 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, offer a fresh and often funny perspective on the formation of a writer.

King then turns to the tools of his trade, examining crucial aspects of the wriiter's art and life, offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection.

King was in the middle of writing this book when he was nearly killed in a widely reported accident. On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how his need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “ A one-of-a-kind classic. ”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “ This is a special book, animated by a unique intelligence, and filled with useful truth. ”

    Michael Chabon

  • On Writing had more useful and observant things to say about the craft than any book since Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. ”

    Roger Ebert

  • “ The best book on writing. Ever. ”

    Plain Dealer

  • “ With examples that reach from T.S. Eliot to pulp fiction, there's much trenchant material here on how to construct a story, how to revise, and how to go about building a career. King stresses character and situation over plotting, and insists on basics-like Strunk and White and, above all, endless reading and writing. While his proposed output might intimidate some, his enthusiasm wins out.A useful book for any young writer, and a must for fans, this is unmistakably King: friendly, sharply perceptive, cheerfully vulgar, sometimes adolescent in his humor, sometimes impatient with fools, but always sincere in his love of language and writing. ” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • ANew York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Kenning | 11/7/2016

    " Enjoyed this book. Read by Stephen King himself so you get all the emotion and feeling the author intended. Very practical and logical advice. I enjoyed the humor and honesty as well as the imagery. Mr. King is a master of language as a tool to entertain and inform. Thanks so much for this book Mr. King. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janna Krawczyk | 1/28/2014

    " Every writer needs to read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 F.A. | 1/26/2014

    " Oddly inspiring. Makes me feel personally connected with King, which was not my expectation going into a book on writing. A must read for writers of every stripe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Himmel | 1/23/2014

    " Great veteran advice from one of the most successful authors. The second half of the book(the advice) is solid, short and to the point. Covers the high points of college courses without all the fluff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dirtbarbie | 1/20/2014

    " Never have I been more a fan of Stephen King than I am now reading this book. He's tough, smart, insightful, and as always a world class story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeena Cho | 1/20/2014

    " Fascinating look into the master of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ragia | 1/15/2014

    " Great book, a very good source for wanna be writers. i thought of it as as a biography and self explanation tool. i enjoyed it as a non fiction book, same as i enjoyed reading most of his fiction work. Big Fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 1/14/2014

    " I enjoyed his book on writing far more than I've ever enjoyed any of his actual writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel Pagan | 1/13/2014

    " Merlin Mann keeps pluggin it. Might as well read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton Pearlstein | 12/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, but want to put a disclaimer on my review. Through all the laughs (and there were times when I was pretty much in tears) and provocations to thought there were senseless vulgarities. There is some worthwhile material, but be ready to flip over sections of crudities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 11/15/2013

    " A nice perspective on how to write and be a writer. A good short autobiography of the author as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 11/3/2013

    " The definitive book on how to write "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete Bangs | 1/26/2013

    " Best book on writing I've read simply because it refuses to give you a formula like most books on the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valentina | 1/1/2013

    " Un libro illuminante. Non ho altre parole per descriverlo altrettanto efficacemente. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. Michaud | 12/31/2012

    " A must-read for any aspiring writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Doktor | 11/27/2012

    " Super good, even if you don't agree with his principles of composition. Worth reading, even if you are not a writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Landers | 11/13/2012

    " Best book I've read on writing. Ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Immins | 11/7/2012

    " Brilliant read, King delves into all the nooks and crannys and tells it like it is. From his very humble beginnings through to his success now. Includes the harrowing details of his brush with death after being run down by a truck. Genuine inspiration to any aspiring author, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Timmons | 9/28/2012

    " A completely unpretentious amalgam of King's influences and habits. He, in effect, says,"This is what works for me. Take it or leave it." A completely inspiring, instructive, and entertaining book for writers and non-writers but especially for writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Springer | 5/20/2012

    " One of my all time favorites--have probably read this book five times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val | 3/12/2012

    " Practical, honest, and inspiring. One of my top five books on the craft of writing. A must have for writers or those who aspire to write. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leigh | 12/11/2011

    " It kills me to give such a low review but this book was truly awful. I would suggest it only if you have trouble with insomnia. This will put you right to sleep "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary L. Farmer | 10/2/2011

    " One of my favorite books (on writing), from one of the master novelists of our time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina De vries | 8/16/2011

    " Good and inspirational read for me as a writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julesreffner | 5/24/2011

    " Enjoyed this book a great deal, the only thing that decreased my enjoyment was the author's language usage. I heard this book recommended again and again by authors and now I understand why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 5/24/2011

    " Best book for readers about writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.M. | 5/23/2011

    " This is my second time reading this book and I love it even more this read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carina | 5/22/2011

    " he even said that Abigail Thomas's book A Three Dog Night was best memoir...totally agree! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory | 5/22/2011

    " I was so surprised how much I liked this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R.g.Bullet | 5/22/2011

    " King dodges and weaves a bit in the beginning but in later chapters, when he comes down to the craft of writing, he swings a powerful left hook. Know your subject -- read fours a day and write four hours a day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/20/2011

    " Not for the faint hear-ted, King speaks with a strong voice, opinions that are not to be apologized for, and with endearing vision, eloquence, as well as, helpful information to the novice willing to listen & take notes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jos | 5/18/2011

    " Required reading for writing. Quite readable too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/18/2011

    " One of the best writing books ever1 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecilia | 5/17/2011

    " me encanta este libro....siempre pensé que jamás leería un título de King, me imaginaba muerta de miedo....pero este me dejó muerta de la risa....lo disfruté en toneladas "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rilzy | 5/17/2011

    " I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone who wants to write. I found myself putting my Kindle down about every ten pages and saying, 'Oh My God Stephen, I completely relate". Worth very penny! "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.