Getty Images Stephen King is one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors of the past half century, with more than 70 books of horror, science fiction, and fantasy to his name. Estimates put the total sales of his books at between and million copies. A Memoir of the Craft.
A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King accomplishes what few books on writing have done before - it levels the playing field, so to speak, so that all would-be authors understand the rules of the game and their own potential in the field.
In fact, giving examples from his own career and featuring tidbits from the published works of others, King shows that even so-called experts may flub their task a bit if they forget certain rules and grow lazy in their writing. Central to King's task here is his own experience as an evolving author.
Sharing his past, telling of his earliest days in writing - from the days he copied verbatim the words of his favorite comics to those days when he self-published a satirical newspaper lampooning his high school administration to these days when he is a celebrated popular author - King engages his audience and proves that some people have a calling to write.
Early in On WritingKing says, "The equipment comes with the original package. His advice comes in the form of what he might call the "writer's toolbox. A carpenter, Fazza had a grand hand-constructed toolbox comprised of three levels.
Using this as the prototype, King suggests, "yours should have at least four. King contends that the tools, and nuts, and bolts of writing are vocabulary, grammar, style and — finally - thematic thinking.
What the reader gets from King that she gets from few other authors is an honest sense of growth. As King describes the toolbox level by level, he also explains how to use the tools within the box. His wit and charm shine through in such passages, and the reader finds herself smiling rather than grimacing as she might while reading a traditional textbook on writing.
For instance, choosing the works of noted authors such as H. Lovecraft and Tom Wolfe, King exploits the power of vocabulary. His example from Lovecraft sends his reader searching for a dictionary, while luckily the example from Wolfe needs no further explanation as no translation would be available.
King's point is well made - language and presentation go hand-in-hand and the writer must present himself in a way that is readable and embraceable by an audience.
Although King is not yet taught on campuses nationwide, On Writing may be the world's most effective modern writing textbook as it engages the audience through poignant, expressive storytelling and introduces or reiterates notions of writing that must be in every writer's toolbox.
King, a fiction author himself, has constructed a career based on the tools he suggests to his readers, and the readership he has garnered speaks volumes for his expertise in his field.On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King We had two kids by the time we'd been married for three years.
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“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. Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is an exception. I had read many rave reviews about this book, so I went and got myself the audio book version for the long train rides on my latest European vacation (but ended up listening to it everywhere I went and finished it in the first couple of days).
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