On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a memoir by American author Stephen King that describes his experiences as a writer and his advice for aspiring writers.wikipedia
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a memoir by American author Stephen King that describes his experiences as a writer and his advice for aspiring writers.
Some commentators have suggested that this event may have psychologically inspired some of King's darker works, but King makes no mention of it in his memoir On Writing (2000).

Charles Scribner's Sons

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Originally published in 2000 by Charles Scribner's Sons, On Writing is King's first book after he was involved in a car accident a year earlier.

Entertainment Weekly

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In 2008, Entertainment Weekly included On Writing on their "The New Classics: Books – The 100 best reads from 1983 to 2008" list.

The Patriot-News

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Both Sharon Johnson in The Patriot-News and Julie Woo for the Associated Press, in separate reviews, praised King's advice as "solid".

Associated Press

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Both Sharon Johnson in The Patriot-News and Julie Woo for the Associated Press, in separate reviews, praised King's advice as "solid". Julie Woo for the Associated Press also called King's advice "solid", specifically about dialogue and plot.

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On June 19, 1999, King was hit by a van while walking along Maine State Route 5.

NBC

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In an interview with NBC, King stated, "After the accident, I was totally incapable of writing. At first it was as if I'd never done this in my life. ... It was like starting over again from square one."

Curriculum vitae

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narrates his life, King states that the section is not an autobiography, but more a curriculum vitae, owing to the sporadic nature of his memories.

Telepathy

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Comparing writing to telepathy, King briefly reintroduces himself and includes an example of literary description.

Description

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Comparing writing to telepathy, King briefly reintroduces himself and includes an example of literary description.

Vocabulary

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The third section, "Toolbox", discusses English mechanics and the importance of vocabulary, grammar, and style in writing.

Grammar

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The third section, "Toolbox", discusses English mechanics and the importance of vocabulary, grammar, and style in writing.

Writing style

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The third section, "Toolbox", discusses English mechanics and the importance of vocabulary, grammar, and style in writing.

Post-Tribune

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Peter Sobczynski, a correspondent for the Post-Tribune, called the book "a fun, incisive read", specifically highlighting its emotional power: "In writing candidly and honestly about his recovery from a trauma that should have killed him, King has never been more affecting. Obviously, it is a good thing he was able to survive and get back into shape on a physical and emotional level."

Dialogue

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Julie Woo for the Associated Press also called King's advice "solid", specifically about dialogue and plot.

Secret Windows

Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing
It was marketed by Book-of-the-Month Club as a companion to King's On Writing.

Bag of Bones

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When the paperback edition of Bag of Bones was published by Pocket Books on June 1, 1999 (ISBN: 978-0671024239), it included a new author's note at the end of the book, in which Stephen King describes his initial three-book deal with Scribner (Bag of Bones, On Writing, and a collection of short stories titled One Headlight, which later became Everything's Eventual), and devotes most of the piece describing the origins of the then-forthcoming Hearts in Atlantis.

Lamar Giles

He started wanting to become a published writer after reading Stephen King's On Writing in college, and sold his first short story at age 21.

Insomnia (novel)

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In his memoir, On Writing, King states that Insomnia and Rose Madder are "stiff, trying-too-hard novels."

Bernard J. Schaffer

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Schaffer cites Stephen King's On Writing as his favorite book, describing King as "my Musashi," and the Harry Potter novels as his favorite series.

The Tommyknockers

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In his autobiography On Writing, King attributes the basic premise to the short story "The Colour Out of Space" by H. P. Lovecraft.

1408 (short story)

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He originally wrote the first few pages as part of an appendix for his non-fiction book, On Writing (2000), to be used as an example of how a story changes from one draft document to the next.