On Writing

On Writing

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Find out what books and films influenced the young writer, his first idea for a story and the true life tale that inspired Carrie. For the first time, here's an intimate autobiographical portrait of his home life, his family and his traumatic recent accident. Citing examples of his work and those of his contemporaries, King gives an excellent masterclass on writing - how to use the tools of the trade from building characters to pace and plotting as well as practical advice on presentation. And King tells readers how he got to be a No. 1 bestseller for a quarter of a century with fascinating descriptions of his own process, the origins and development of, e.g. Carrie and Misery.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 199.58g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340820462
  • 9780340820469
  • 17,277

About Stephen King

Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than thirty books of which the most recent are THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON, HEARTS IN ATLANTIS and DREAMCATCHER. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.show more

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'Absolutely fascinating' -- Sunday Times 'Not since Dickens has a writer had so many readers by the throat...King's imagination is vast. He knows how to engage the deepest sympathies of his readers...a bizarre and absorbing story, told brilliantly by one of the great storytellers of our time' -- Guardian 'The childhood memoir is a triumphant display of wit, story-telling and guts. His advice to writers is hard-nosed, practical and level-headed in the classic journalistic Orwell-Hemingway tradition' -- Evening Standard 'Energetic, vivid and observant' -- Daily Telegraph 'This is the written equivalent of Delia Smith's How To Cook. And, like British home cooking, the world of popular fiction will be better off for it' -- The Timesshow more

Review Text

King needs no introduction. Having written more than 30 books, all of them best-sellers, his notable reputation goes before him. In this, his latest work, inspired by an accident in June 1999 which almost killed him, we are presented with an extraordinary account of how his legendary fiction actually stems from his experiences of life, love, drugs and beer, offering insights into a major writer of stunning suspense and gripping fiction. He begins with an account of his childhood with which he recollects in an honest and detailed, matter-of-fact style, which continues throughout the book where we learn how the seeds for writing were fist planted. King leads us through his life, which at times was turbulent and troubled, splintered only occasionally by moments of joy and happiness. Taking us through his college years and times of financial struggle, working at Worumbo Mills and Weaving, then New Franklin Laundry, where his working conditions might have provided great inspiration for ideas, he recalls the moment when he had two ideas that became Carrie.Teaching English now, he fused the thoughts of a girl ignorant of pubity and other girls making fun, with articles he had read on telekinesis. Combining this with his real-life experiences of watching two very lonely students, taunted and misunderstood by their peers and who were dead before he even put pen to paper, gave him all that he needed to create the formidable and alarming work that is now infamous. Driven by this troubled personality and character, he reveals how other books were fed with similar inspiration and though the text is graphic and the language colourful, it is tightly interwoven with exceptional and constructive advice for other writers, who would do well to take note if they are to enter the unique competition at the end of this book. King suggests that a book is an escape hatch. This one will take you into another world - his world - it's up to you if you want to come back. (Kirkus UK)show more
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