On Writing - Stephen King

On Writing

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2000-10-03
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 516 Ratings)


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.


  • Love it

    By sylviexiaoweizhuang
    I love this book and can’t wait to read it again!
  • Invite Stephen over for some tea and listen for a while

    By Malvicus
    If you’d like to have Stephen King come over and tell you several engaging story about his life and learn some great tips on the process of writing, this is the book!
  • Excellent

    By Liviparr
    I read this book for a final essay assignment, and I had so much to highlight. The stories at the beginning were well told and lighthearted, and the seamless segway into the this and that of writing made the topic that much more interesting. King is an excellent writer, and the way he wrote and explained writing, filling the book with stories, and funny comments of his, it was almost as though the book was one of those can’t put it down books. Highly recommend.
  • Great book loved it

    By Vichoney
    Such an amazing person
  • A brilliant read for any writer!

    By mjm11983
    Fantastic! That is all.
  • Smashing

    By Tdeff
    Enough said
  • Generous

    By Johnny Garlic
    That's the word that comes to mind. That is, Stephen King did not have to write this book; it's evident throughout that he did it out of the kindness of his heart, in an effort to truly GIVE BACK to his fans and aspiring writers. For that I'm truly grateful. I took advantage of his generosity and latched onto and analyzed every word, especially the many words intended to motivate, enable, and inspire aspiring writers. Stephen is not only a great teacher, he is a very grateful and inspiring human being who loves his craft passionately, and is brutally honest about what it takes to succeed in the field. I honestly don't know how he could have made this book any better. It is perfect. Thank you, Mr. King.
  • On Learning the Craft of Writing

    By HighTech
    Good very good first book to read on writing storys. From a master story teller, you get the basics to good writing. This is a book one should ponder to get the most out of it.
  • Any Key to King's Writing Mind Is a Gift

    By Bajd
    Perhaps Stephen King does not do his best describing how he writes to all, but his true gift is storytelling in any sense. For the reviewer who knows him only by his horror tales, he also writes amazing fictional stories that are not scary, nor would they be categorized as "horror" novels. These are probably my favorite, although they do contain some "bizarre" or unexplainable type things - but that is what makes them so appealing. Yet, they are never forgotten for their depth and wisdom. King is a genius with an amazing mind that unravels on paper.
  • For the Lover of the Craft

    By MoreThanMachines
    It doesn't matter so much if you're even a fan of King's magnum opus, if you want real advice, quality advice that you can apply to your own literary pursuits, you've found your book. It's one of those rare gems that surreptitiously teaches you far more than you could ever realize you're actually learning because you're so busy being wildly entertained. 'On Writing' is worth reading, if for no other reason, simply for its wealth of King's personal essays; pieces of nonfiction so funny, so poignant, so deeply moving that I was left wishing King would take the time to publish a memoir or two. It's that good. Really, it is.