On Writing - Stephen King

On Writing

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2000-10-03
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Score: 4.5
From 358 Ratings


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.


  • A brilliant read for any writer!

    By mjm11983
    Fantastic! That is all.
  • Smashing

    By Tdeff
    Enough said
  • Generous

    By Johnny Garlic
    That's the word that comes to mind. That is, Stephen King did not have to write this book; it's evident throughout that he did it out of the kindness of his heart, in an effort to truly GIVE BACK to his fans and aspiring writers. For that I'm truly grateful. I took advantage of his generosity and latched onto and analyzed every word, especially the many words intended to motivate, enable, and inspire aspiring writers. Stephen is not only a great teacher, he is a very grateful and inspiring human being who loves his craft passionately, and is brutally honest about what it takes to succeed in the field. I honestly don't know how he could have made this book any better. It is perfect. Thank you, Mr. King.
  • On Learning the Craft of Writing

    By HighTech
    Good very good first book to read on writing storys. From a master story teller, you get the basics to good writing. This is a book one should ponder to get the most out of it.
  • Any Key to King's Writing Mind Is a Gift

    By Bajd
    Perhaps Stephen King does not do his best describing how he writes to all, but his true gift is storytelling in any sense. For the reviewer who knows him only by his horror tales, he also writes amazing fictional stories that are not scary, nor would they be categorized as "horror" novels. These are probably my favorite, although they do contain some "bizarre" or unexplainable type things - but that is what makes them so appealing. Yet, they are never forgotten for their depth and wisdom. King is a genius with an amazing mind that unravels on paper.
  • For the Lover of the Craft

    By MoreThanMachines
    It doesn't matter so much if you're even a fan of King's magnum opus, if you want real advice, quality advice that you can apply to your own literary pursuits, you've found your book. It's one of those rare gems that surreptitiously teaches you far more than you could ever realize you're actually learning because you're so busy being wildly entertained. 'On Writing' is worth reading, if for no other reason, simply for its wealth of King's personal essays; pieces of nonfiction so funny, so poignant, so deeply moving that I was left wishing King would take the time to publish a memoir or two. It's that good. Really, it is.
  • On writing

    By Lao bio
    The biographical parts including post accident were interesting and enjoyable. The advice on writing not as much, unless you are perhaps a late adolescent boy hoping to follow in this master cranker's footsteps. And he is a master cranker. More power to him. For what it was it was overpriced too
  • An amazing read

    By Annex Chewbacca
    I have to admit, I thought this book would be quite bland, but it was actually quite satisfying.
  • Larry Harrell

    By Larry harrell
    A revolutionary eye opener surly to entrance all generations whether interested in becoming an author/novelist or just a KING fan wanting to feel the presence of their favorite writer.
  • Enjoyable read and helpful!

    By Tdoodle0
    I found myself smiling as I turned the pages and was pleasantly surprised by all of the interesting personal stories. Helpful writing tips, common sense and humor... This book was my first iBooks/iPad purchase and worth every penny! :)