SearchBeat Home
Artsautosbooksbusinesscollegecomputershealthhomejobsmusicnews
Search:  
recreationreferenceregionalscienceshoppingsocietysportstravelworld
Hot Topics: family & kids | fashion | federal gov't | games | genealogy | history | movies | repairs | traffic | weather | Featured Sites | SITE MAP |

 Search Beat > Shopping > Publications > Books > Featured Titles > On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King


Shopping and Product Search for
Advanced Search  

books and such...
On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King


Hardcover - 288 pages (October 3, 2000)
Scribner; ISBN: 0684853523

Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King's On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists. The memoir is terrific stuff, a vivid description of how a writer grew out of a misbehaving kid. You're right there with the young author as he's tormented by poison ivy, gas-passing babysitters, uptight schoolmarms, and a laundry job nastier than Jack London's. It's a ripping yarn that casts a sharp light on his fiction. This was a child who dug Yvette Vickers from Attack of the Giant Leeches, not Sandra Dee. "I wanted monsters that ate whole cities, radioactive corpses that came out of the ocean and ate surfers, and girls in black bras who looked like trailer trash." But massive reading on all literary levels was a craving just as crucial, and soon King was the published author of "I Was a Teen-Age Graverobber." As a young adult raising a family in a trailer, King started a story inspired by his stint as a janitor cleaning a high-school girls locker room. He crumpled it up, but his writer wife retrieved it from the trash, and using her advice about the girl milieu and his own memories of two reviled teenage classmates who died young, he came up with Carrie. King gives us lots of revelations about his life and work. The kidnapper character in Misery, the mind-possessing monsters in The Tommyknockers, and the haunting of the blocked writer in The Shining symbolized his cocaine and booze addiction (overcome thanks to his wife's intervention, which he describes). "There's one novel, Cujo, that I barely remember writing."

King also evokes his college days and his recovery from the van crash that nearly killed him, but the focus is always on what it all means to the craft. He gives you a whole writer's "tool kit": a reading list, writing assignments, a corrected story, and nuts-and-bolts advice on dollars and cents, plot and character, the basic building block of the paragraph, and literary models. He shows what you can learn from H.P. Lovecraft's arcane vocabulary, Hemingway's leanness, Grisham's authenticity, Richard Dooling's artful obscenity, Jonathan Kellerman's sentence fragments. He explains why Hart's War is a great story marred by a tin ear for dialogue, and how Elmore Leonard's Be Cool could be the antidote.

King isn't just a writer, he's a true teacher. --Tim Appelo

articles and reviews
October 8, 2000
Making 'It'
Stephen King looks back on his career and offers tips for would-be authors.
By FREDERICK BUSCH

Like Charles Dickens, Stephen King endured hard times in childhood that he evokes in his fiction; like Dickens, he can write as he wishes and reach his loyal readers no matter how reviewers respond to his books -- On Writing,'' I'm sure, included. The book affects a tough, down-to-earth manner: the blue-collar guide to hammering stories together. It seems that King doesn't want to address the need to work with more delicacy, and perhaps he doesn't see one. Clearly, he wishes to make some statements about how he writes and how you can, if you want to, imitate his ways. He knows a lot about writing for magazines and about reaching vast audiences, and many of his anecdotes are interesting. [read more]

resources


Shopping

    Betts Bookstore, specializing in Stephen King - Bangor, Maine bookstore specializing in books about Maine and by Maine authors including Stephen King.
    Camelot Books and Gifts - Science fiction, horror, and fantasy store specializing in Stephen King.

    Cemetery Dance Publications front gate - Cemetery Dance Publications is internationally-acclaimed as a specialty publisher of fine first edition hardcovers of collectible horror and suspense, and the publisher of the World Fantasy Award-winning magazine, Cemetery Dance, as well as the Cemetery Dance Presents comics series.

    Gargadillo Bookstore. Stephen King, Horror and Sci-Fi Books - The Gargadillo Bookstore, rare and collectible horror and science fiction books including Stephen King first editions, signed, and limited items.

    Chaos-Consultants - Specializing in rare Stephen King merchandise.

    Overlook Connection Bookstore - Since 1987. Stephen King First Editions, limited Editions, audio books, videos, and unique items all about Stephen King can be found here.

    GRANT BOOKS Stephen King page - Publisher of Stephen King Limited editions.

    Stephen King For Sale Main - Specializing in Stephen King hardcovers, limited editions, magazine, and other related merchandise.

    My Horror Corner Book Store - News and upcoming Stephen King events and Stephen King books for sale.

    The Plant - Download 'The Plant' from the official Stephen King website. Pay now or send it in later. Read the rules before downloading.

    Riding the Bullet - Read King's first eBook exclusive since his brush with death. Download instantly in PDF form. Available exclusively from SoftLock.com. Riding the Bullet is 'a ghost story in the grand manner' from the bestselling author of Bag of Bones, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and The Green Mile -- a short story about a young man who hitches a ride with a driver from the other side.

    Bookopoly.com - Sell and buy Stephen King books.

    Haunted Halloween(tm) Books - Stephen King's - 'The Plant' and 'Riding the Bullet'- Free download.


Webrings



Sponsored Links





Featured Topics
 
Real Boys' Voices by William S. Pollack, Ph.D.

Bowling Alone - The Collapse And Revival Of American Community by Robert Putnam - Read a short introduction and his fascinating Chapter 1.

Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley

"Anil's Ghost" by Michael Ondaatje - With his first novel since the internationally acclaimed The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje gives us a work displaying all the richness of imagery and language.

"Blessings" by Avrum Organick - "Human nature and nature in all its forms are tenderly portrayed by the writer, Avrum Organick in this love story. Against the backdrop of the breathtaking beauty of the West - Navajo Land..."

"White Teeth - A Novel" by Zadie Smith - Epic and intimate, hilarious and poignant, White Teeth is the story of two North London families.



Book Resources

Regional Travel Books

International Fiction

By Genre Featured Authors and Interviews
South Asian Books

 

Site Sponsors
Books:Amazon
Travel:TravelNow

 



 Site Index: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 
 
Web www.searchbeat.com
Arts/Entertainment | Autos | Books | Business | Colleges | Computers | Health | Home/Garden | Jobs | Kids/Teens
Music | News/Media | Recreation | Reference | Regional | Science | Shopping | Society | Sports | Travel | World


Advertise
| Feedback
| Contact us | Join our mailing list | Our Story | Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions
Copyright © 1997-2017 SearchBeat, All Rights Reserved