On Writing

Author(s): Stephen King


An autobiographical portrait of Stephen King's home life, his family and his traumatic recent accident. He offers an insight into his world as well as analysis, advice and instruction on writing. Find out what books and films influenced the young writer, his first idea for a story, the true life tale that inspired "Carrie". Citing examples of his work and those of his contemporaries such as John Grisham and Raymond Chandler, King gives tips for writers on how to avoid pitfalls and how to use the tools of the trade from building characters to pace and plotting, the importance of dialogue and description - as well as practical advice on presentation and representation. Discover the symbolism, themes and the three deep interests that power all his work.


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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 Times

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780340820469
  • : Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • : New English Library Ltd
  • : 0.24
  • : August 2001
  • : 196mm X 130mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stephen King
  • : Paperback
  • : 2001
  • : 813.54
  • : 384
  • : Literary reference works; Novels, other prose & writers; Literary studies: from c 1900 -