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On Writing
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft | Stephen King
Long live the King hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen Kings 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 writers craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. Kings 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 1999and 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 itfans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
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Vtomsdottir

We are writers, and we never ask one another where we get our ideas; we know we don‘t know.

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KathyWheeler
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1: if I think about it, the terms are really synonymous even though I think about them differently in my mind.
2: I have published some academic articles. So I guess that makes me an author even though I don‘t really think of myself as one.
#Two4Tuesday

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Susanita
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1. Interesting question. 🤔 Google suggests that an author is someone whose writing has been published, while a writer is anyone who engages in the writing process regardless of recognition or compensation.
2. When I was a kid I wanted to be a writer, but these days I mostly stick to journal entries and the occasional newsy email. #two4tuesday

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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 237.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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How can you go wrong with a book about writing from one of the most prolific, best-selling authors in America? OK, I suspect there are all kinds of ways, but never mind that. This is a great read for readers, writers, & wannabe writers.

Books about writing, King says, “are filled with bu(($&^it”. So, he takes the approach of telling us how 𝘩𝘦 became a writer, & about how 𝘩𝘦 writes. Excellent book.

Full review: https://tinyurl.com/29z7am4j

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stevesbookstuf1
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#firstlinefridays

@ShyBookOwl

Just started reading this yesterday. Really good so far.

Julsmarshall The Rock Bottom Remainders used to play in Sun Valley from time to time when I lived there and we saw them a few times. They were a lot of fun and what they lacked i musical prowess, they made up for with enthusiasm 🤗 5mo
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Motivating & insightful. King is humble, funny, human & engaging. It‘s all about the story baby. This is no writers retreat or 10 step program, it‘s not a social media gimmick, just advice and truths from one of the masters. Highly recommend if you have any creative pursuit, while I don‘t write a lot I found it very applicable to my music work.

Filing next to ‘Deep Work‘ and ‘The War of Art‘. What it all comes down to is doing the work.

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this, but I am not an aspiring author, so I didn't love all of it because I wasn't always the right audience for it. I enjoyed his life parts and the insights on his novels. It did serve to remind me I really need to read more King novels! I am glad I read it.

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stevesbookstuf1
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Latest #bookhaul - the top five are used books, but the bottom two are new, and acquired thanks to social media posts and reviews from other readers. I have a lot on my TBR for the new year!

marleed I loved On Writing. I read differently for having read it. 8mo
stevesbookstuf1 I am really looking forward to reading it! Have you read George Saunders' A Swim in a Pond in the Rain? I read it earlier this year and it definitely changed how I read. 8mo
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TK-421
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“The #trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips as well as long swallows.” #QuotsyOct21

Cathythoughts Good point 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
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BoleyBooks
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Happy Birthday to the King! 🥳🎉 #boleybooks #happybirthday #stephenking

AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie... look who's birthday it is today, ur favorite author! 11mo
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DGRachel
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Welcome to the #LosersClub open discussion for #OnWriting!

Please be mindful of spoilers. We have new readers to King who haven‘t read all of his books. When referencing his other work, please keep this in mind for our new-to-King friends. Don‘t forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

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DGRachel It has been my privilege to be your Ghost Host for these past couple of years. @Mynameisacolour and @BarkingMadRun have graciously agreed to take over so Litsy‘s Losers Club doesn‘t die. Please be on the lookout for future posts from them. 🖤 11mo
Karkar Thank you @DGRachel ! I really enjoyed this book. I had never read it before because I am not a writer. But it was vey entertaining. 11mo
marleed I love, love, love the tagged book. It actually changed the way I read. Adverbs describing how a character speaks generally now drive me crazy, and I agree the conversation was not set up right to begin with if all those adverbs are necessary in the telling. Also, that was advice given before so many books started being narrated on audio. Those adverbs are redundant on audio! 11mo
BarkingMadRun @marleed I totally found myself judging every book I‘ve read since by that section! This was my first time reading this book, I‘ve had it on my shelf but never read it! Crazy! 11mo
marleed @BarkingMadRun Oh, I‘m so happy to know there is someone else that can never again read adverbs the same way ;) 11mo
Bklover I love this book. Love it! What‘s the next book! Thanks so much @DGRachel for hosting all this time! ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 11mo
lvssunflowers I just finished on writing, and I nearly cried at the end reading about all he went through with his accident. I have always loved Stephen King and I didn't know about this book, but it seemed like the natural book to pick up for me to go back to my writing dreams now that I'm an empty-nester. Did anyone else do the exercise and send it to StephenKing.com ? The prompt he gave was amazing it worked! Before I knew it I had 3000 words. 10mo
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DGRachel
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#LosersClub Discussion starts NOW! It‘s my final post as #ghosthost, so it has to be two days late, right? ??‍♀️

Open discussion is in the FOLLOWING POST marked as a SPOILER. Find the post for #OnWriting & tap "show me" on the spoiler tag to join in the discussion. Join in whenever you can! Today. Tomorrow. Next month! The post will always be up so just tag any of us & we‘ll jump in to discuss with you. See you there!

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TK-421
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“And, instead of pelting these babbling idiots with their own freshly toasted marshmallows, everyone else sitting around the fire is often nodding and smiling and looking solemny thoughtful.” #marshmallow #QuotsyAug21

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BarkingMadRun
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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DGRachel
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Hey #LosersClub. A quick reminder that this month‘s book is On Writing. Official discussion will be on or around the 18th of September. After that date, I will no longer be facilitating the Stephen King buddy reads.

If anyone would like to take over, let me know. I can email image templates and the member list. Thanks for understanding. 🖤

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HeathHof @DGRachel I'd be willing to co-host if anyone is interested. 12mo
BarkingMadRun I‘ll co host with @Mynameisacolour 11mo
DGRachel @Mynameisacolour @BarkingMadRun Send me an email and I‘ll send you both the list of people to tag and the templates I have for the posts. My email is ucfdg97 at gmail dot com. 11mo
BarkingMadRun Email sent 11mo
HeathHof @barkingmadrun thank you! My email is Heathergray903 @ Yahoo If youd like to shoot me a msg and email sent @DGRachel 11mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Starting this today for #losersclub #stephenking #losersclub2021

Caroline2 Cute Pop figures. Who‘s the guy in glasses….? 🤔 12mo
OrangeMooseReads He comes with a “thing of evil”!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Readergrrl Such a great book!!! I love reading King‘s fiction and his nonfiction! 12mo
bio_chem06 I think he‘s writing a memoir calling it, On Myself. 12mo
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DGRachel
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Just a reminder that August‘s#LosersClub read is #OnWriting! Put your library holds in now, search your shelves, or buy a new copy, and check back on or about August 19th when we begin reading this one. DISCUSSION WILL BE IN SEPTEMBER 2021. #StephenKing #StephenKingInOrder #KingFromTheBeginning #ConstantReader #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #BookDiscussion #ghosthostpost

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At 70%, I‘m calling it quits with this one. I just can‘t get into the style of writing where there is almost an endless amount of paragraphs but not a lot of dialogue. I respect that one of the most famous authors in the world is writing a book on how to write, but if you‘re not planning on being an author, then this will kind of be a waste of time.

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nikekay
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Finished reading on 11 June 2021.

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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/mPkviA-ZaDs

Enjoy!

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Howard_L
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Saturday

jpj7474 How is this? I've been meaning to read. 11mo
Howard_L It was good, probably even more so to a real Stephen King fan. I‘m late to the game but enjoyed the several of his I‘ve read recently. 11mo
SolaRaynor Super good book with writing advice a writer can easily use. 8mo
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As a new author, I really appreciated all of Stephen King‘s insight into the writing process and found some of his suggestions extremely helpful.

Even if you‘re not the biggest Stephen King fan, could you ever deny his success?

I‘ll end with one specific quote that stood out to me: “I think you will find that, if you continue to write fiction, every character you create is partly you.”

It is neat to think of pieces of myself left in every book

Prairiegirl_reading It‘s like a horcrux. 😉 I‘m sort of kidding but honestly think this is why it‘s so difficult to be an author and have to be criticized. It is SUCH a personal thing! Even if the character isn‘t you it ends up having some element of you for sure. 1y
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Hard one to review, your mileage may vary depending on how much of a fan of Stephen King you are. As a writer in the UK, there was a lot of advice that was not relevant, or out dated.

However, King's memoir sections are interesting and endearing for the most part. I enjoyed reading the book, but at times it was a little bit of a slog.

marleed I think of his opinion about adverbs often as I read - especially if I‘m listening to the audio of a book and the narrator is essentially describing how the line should be heard as she‘s reading the line. I also appreciated why he explained he doesn‘t describe scenery or fashion ware. 1y
CJRwriting Those were probably my favourite pieces of advice in there. I have avoided the dreaded adverbs for a long time- but the description perspective was really interesting. 1y
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JessClark78
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1. Part memoir, part writing guide. One of my favorite nonfictions by Stephen King.

2. My favorite genres are horror and fantasy. Tanith Lee is a master at blending them together.

3. Harold Schechter

#WondrousWednesday

jb72 On Writing was a pretty good book. He gave some good information. 1y
Eggs Thanks for joining in 👏🏻📚🥳👌🏼✅ 1y
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GlitterGirl
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Fantastic book haul from my local 2nd hand bookstore!! 😍😍😍

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Danielthewriter
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QOTD- what is the worst Stephen King book?

Stephen King is someone both beloved by casual readers and treated like a messiah by his super fans. But why is Stephen King so successful? As someone who likes his work, but doesn‘t love it nearly as much as others do, I‘ve decided to to get to the bottom of this mystery.

1. Stephen King writes... a LOT
2. Stephen King is... consistent
3. Stephen King… has a genre

Continued in comments. 👇

Danielthewriter 4. Stephen King… Doesn‘t confine himself to one genre

5. Stephen King… Lets the story make the decisions

6. Stephen King… got popular in Hollywood

Anything I left out?👇
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SamAnne Agree. And he‘s funny on Twitter, honest in interviews and shows humility. 2y
Danielthewriter @TheNeverendingTBR Yeah I've heard that one is mediocore. Will make sure to avoid. 👍 2y
Danielthewriter @SamAnne Those definitely don't help. 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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🤣🤣🤣

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Bookwormjillk
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Today I learned that Stephen King suggests putting your desk in a corner. I‘m not a writer but I love reading about how one of my favorites gets it done. #NonfictionNovember #NFN

CaffeineAndCandy ʏᴇᴀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ's ᴄᴏᴏʟ 2y
Avanders So... why? 2y
Bookwormjillk @Avanders I guess because you‘re not the center 2y
Avanders Huh... interesting to think about. I may have to dig into that a little bit more 🤓 2y
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Joysiam
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King is so brilliant, his voice is clear.

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Rachel.Rencher
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I've been wanting to write my own book since I was about 6 years old. I've never had the guts to put my writing out there, but this book made me feel like I have the tools to start doing so. If you're an aspiring writer (or just interested in King's life), then I highly recommend this book.

Here is a photo of the awful Kindle cover featuring the blanket that Lucas is crocheting for me. 🥰

britt_brooke This is such a great read! Hope you write your book one day. 💚 2y
Buechersuechtling Not really book related – but: I like your new profile picture. 🧡 2y
Suet624 Great book. Anne Lamott‘s book is great too 2y
dylanisreading One of the best books on writing out there. I also highly recommend Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer, whether you write fantasy or science fiction or not. 2y
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KathyWheeler
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I loved this book when I read it — it‘s my favorite book about writing— and I loved it even more after listening to it. The additions by Owen King (an essay on recording audiobooks for his dad as a kid) and Joe Hill (a recording of a joint appearance with his dad at a bookstore) are lots of fun. The book is part memoir and part practical writing advice, and a writer could do a lot worse than spending time with and learning from Stephen King,

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KathyWheeler
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More of On Writing today as I got to walk in another park. It was supposed to be 85 out there, but if it was I didn‘t feel it because of the great breeze. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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Stephen King‘s book On Writing has always been one of my favorite books about writing. A lot of it is memoir but a lot of it is also about the work of writing. I decided to listen to it because it‘s been awhile. This 20th anniversary edition includes contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King — I‘m looking forward to those. #audiowalk

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Juzupis
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This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit. #stephenking

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Samary
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New video out today, just a short writing vlog! Tell me what you think and if you have any suggestions 😁📚

https://youtu.be/ejoJdgHj_Sc

#writing #writingvlog

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WriterAtHeart
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I always love listening to authors talk about their craft and how they get to the point of being a writer. It always refuesl my desire to write. Not for publication, but for myself just to write.

marleed This book changed how I read. Adverbs now drive me crazy - especially on audio! 2y
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Wade_Bradford
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“The adverb is not your friend.” Do you agree passionately or disagree vehemently?

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MidnightBookGirl
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#3Books that were gifted to me @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

1. My brother Mike got this for me and started my love of fantasy and a good (or a bad) pun.
2. This book started a friendship, and was my first every historical romance.
3. I'll be celebrating 18 years with the Hubs this weekend, and On Writing was the first book he ever gave me when we first started dating 20 years ago. 💝

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎊🎈🍾🎉 2y
OriginalCyn620 Happy anniversary! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Love A Spell for Chameleon! ❤️😍❤️ Happy Anniversary!! 2y
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Avanders Happy anniversary!! 🥂🥂🥂 2y
Tanisha_A Happy anniversary! 🎊 2y
Wordsling Happy anniversary 🎊🎁 2y
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amywithbooks
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It me 😂😂

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TheEllieMo
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Treated myself to a Victorian writing slope, just because! Not going to tell you were the secret drawer is, though!

charl08 Oooh! Do you have a nice pen and fancy paper too? 🤩😍 2y
TheEllieMo @charl08 not yet, I will have to find something suitable! 2y
squirrelbrain Pretty! ❤️ 2y
catebutler I have one of these on my wish list!! It‘s gorgeous!! 2y
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DrLReads
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Part memoir, part instruction. A must for writers, but also recommend to those who identify as Constant Reader.

SamAnne I've been meaning to read this for a number of years...keep throwing it into my #bookspin list! 2y
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amywithbooks
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😂😂😂😂 #litsyhumor