Writing, Reading, Reviewing Oh My! – On Writing #Inspiration, #Motivation, #WritingCraft

Writing, Reading, Reviewing Oh My! – On Writing #Inspiration, #Motivation, #WritingCraft

On Writing

A Memoir of the Craft

By: Stephen King


Reviewed by Patty L. Fletcher


Whether you’re a seasoned author, just beginning or only a happy reader, this is a book you do not want to pass by.

Though I’d read this book some years ago from the National Library Services For The Blind and Print Disabled when I saw this edition on Audible, I had to have it. I love Stephen King books, but more than that I admire Stephen King mightily. He comes from a life growing up with a single mother moving about the country, sometimes living with family members, sometimes on their own. He didn’t wake up one day and suddenly become famous without a whole flipping lot of blood sweat and tears.

When he writes about not being able to afford the “pink medicine.” Antibiotics for his young daughter suffering with an ear infection and how he and his young wife Tabatha were scared most of the time living paycheck to paycheck and how close things were for them all the time, sitting here in this shoebox shaped apartment on a floor that is literally buckling underneath my chair, longing for the day when my writing will truly sustain me, I know he gets it.

Reading the hilarious antics he and his brother got up to are wonderful laugh out loud moments I sometimes would rewind to hear again. How on earth he survived to adulthood is beyond me. LOL.

I have listened to and read lots of interviews with Stephen King and it is my opinion he has never forgotten that struggle during those early years.

The most frightening thing I ever read by Stephen King is his description of being hit by a van and what being injured as he was, was like. When I read this version read by Stephen King himself, I was packing to go to guide dog school for my second dog. Well, what do we do in guide dog training? We walk in traffic. So, when I listened to Stephen King read about being hit by the van, tossed around like a sack of potatoes, and then the descriptions of the trip to first one hospital by ambulance and then to another hospital via helicopter was almost enough to make me change my mind about going to training and go underneath the bed to live forever instead.

Stephen King has some vision troubles too, so between all that and the fact that I love being scared silly, saying he is one of my most favorite authors would be a huge understatement.

If I could do only one thing on my bucket list in my entire life, I would like to have the privilege and pleasure of interviewing Stephen King for the ACB Community book call I hold each week.

I went to his website, I looked and searched and found information on his publisher. I hunted and scrolled through the internet until I found contact info for publicists who collaborate with him, and I have written letters. Thus far I’ve not gotten an answer, but I’m persistent and patient. I will keep writing until they answer just to shut me up.

In the meantime, I must say, when I began dabbling in fiction, I reread this book, and it helped me in ways I never dreamed it would.

Even when he gives his lessons on the use of the English language and grammar it’s fun.

Though the writing prompt exorcise given in the book is no longer able to be placed on Stephen King’s website as instructed in the book, I am now taking the plot from that, and the instructions, and I’m going to use it when writing a portion of my next book in The Blended Lives series. Shiver.

As a writer I cannot suggest enough that you read this book if you’d like to improve your craft.

But as the reviewer says, even if you’re only a reader, reading this book will truly make you a more appreciative reader of fine books everywhere.

  1. Don’t delay, download this amazing book today.
  2. The added bonus material in this version is totally amazing!


On Writing

A Memoir of the Craft

By: Stephen King

Narrated by: Stephen King, Joe Hill, Owen King

Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins

Release date: 10-04-00

4.8 out of 5 stars(14,975 ratings)

Editorial reviews

To begin with, you’ve got Stephen King, a writer so talented in the art of thrill-generation that he could insert excitement into the assembly instructions for a bookshelf. Or, say, a book about writing and grammar. And that’s precisely what King does in On Writing, an improbably fascinating, relentlessly compelling trip through the mind, style, life, and work of one of our greatest popular writers.

Hearing this unique combination of anecdotes and insider’s advice told in King’s charmingly nasal voice makes an already insightful narrative even more personal and powerful. If you want to write, this audiobook will quickly become a treasured resource, because it will improve your writing. But even if you have no interest whatsoever in writing, King’s anecdotes and instructions into the art and process will probably make you a better, more informed reader.

Publisher’s summary

Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King




Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“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. King’s 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 1999—and 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 it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.


The twentieth-anniversary audio edition includes Owen King reading his essay, “Recording Audiobooks for My Dad, Stephen King,” and a recorded conversation with Joe Hill and Stephen King.

©2000 ©2000 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc.





Patty L. Fletcher

Bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled


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