On Writing
  Fan submitted reviews of On Writing (Audiobook):
 
 
Posted By: Anonymous - October 14th, 2012 6:19:50 pm EDT

I give up trying to write. I struggle to let go the illusion. It has only served to keep me from growing up. I feel I've never expressed any part of my heart.

 
 
Posted By: Lmkious - September 22nd, 2012 11:58:59 am EDT

Loved it, found it very inspiring and helpful. I have been writing a story and was not sure where to go with it until after reading this book I found direction. Thank you lmkious

 
 
Posted By: Leon Bowman - April 21st, 2012 11:12:45 am EDT

No one on this earth has inspired me more than Stephen king! I hope to create other fantasy or Sci Fi or the likes for the fun. Here 'on Writing' says it all. Please, try never to fall short of your own dreams and fantasies or you may never know thier worth to somebody else!! Thank You Stephen, for you emphasis on the craft and shaking loose that nasty little stage fright. aka Miles Walker

 
 
Posted By: Tonyg - December 5th, 2011 2:10:16 pm EST

I want to buy it

 
 
Posted By: Lucky - October 21st, 2011 6:01:03 pm EDT

I'm fifty, blind and chronically pissed off. I went blind after being struck by lightning in my office at work because some cheap jackass never had the brains to put a ground wire on the panel box. Suffice it to say, I now pass my time writing what I like to call "funny Stephen Kings" and trying to cope. I recently listened to On Writing on my talking books and found it to be funny AND informative (always a good thing). I've almost finished my novel (300 pages so far) and found the hints on first draft equals second draft less 10% and the advice on publishing very helpful, except, ho, ho...I'm blind. When I'm done I'm going to stick it in a drawer and wait the six weeks and then give it to someone ELSE to read. Who knows, maybe they'll think it's worth cutting the fat out of and submitting. Thanks for the frank advice and the no-bullshit philosophy. People like me can't afford the limited latitude of long winded blowfish. We just want to get by...just like everybody else. Always a pleasure, Lucky.

 
 
Posted By: Cinema Dave - September 24th, 2011 11:16:22 am EDT

"On Writing" and "Danse Marcabe" may be the best things Stephen King as written. Like David Skal's "the Monster Show," "Danse" provides a social science approach to horror, terror and the mass media. As I work on my own fictional novels, I find "On Writing" a valuable tool when I hit that road block that we call..the...writer's......blo......I can't write anymore...

 
 
Posted By: Mudgie - June 29th, 2010 9:33:22 pm EDT
I have written for a living for 17 years, but never considered writing a novel or the like. Last night I attended a meetup group and when they asked me what I like to write, I said that I was best at persuasive writing. The whole group suggested I get the audio of On Writing, so while looking for a copy I stumbled upon this website. When I told them that I specialize in quick, 100 words or less pieces, they seemed in awe and told me that I am unique. I am looking at recreating myself, so who knows.
 
 
Posted By: A Dizzle - December 2nd, 2009 2:30:44 pm EST
October 16, 2009 Dear Mr. King, I never thought in a million years that I would be writing you. I am enjoying ON WRITING, a loaner from a friend/horror film fan. {I am at page # 183.} When you wrote about truth telling, a tear formed in my right eye. {Sorry} When you said that I should write about whatever I friggen please, you gained an unwitting fan. My horror-film-going-days ended, quite abruptly, when I watched what Ellen Burstyn went through with Reagan. I had not planned to stop the pictures It just happened. I remember, however, the Phantom in black & white and his banishment to the dungeon. The Birds scared me too, among others. However, I am not writing you to talk about scary black & whites, or coloreds for that matter. I am writing as a fellow beginning writer to share how you touched me with your book, and perhaps lament a little about the stellar appeal/loneliness of the craft. I will not drone on about how great I am - or my struggles {of which there are many}, I just wanted to tell you that I experienced a bonding with your ideas in a sense. The process of writing means many things, one could write 1,000 books on the subject. The inner struggle (I said it twice), to crawl outside of my flesh, like a resurrected mummy, surrounded by real aliens - no less. I thought that I had battled those demons; however, the craft of writing is proving that those demons, by the thousands, are just waiting at the door. {How is that?} I discovered the writing bug in adult school, where I learned how to launch my own site. Emails came in that read, This is Brilliant, dont stop, and keep writing, and the like. You need to write this down, Nance, and you should write a book, followed. When I handed my book to a couple of readers, the encouragement stopped. You cannot write that, you have to change all of it, dont write a bio, etc, etc, etc. I know that I am not a bestseller yet, but I plan to be. I know where I suck; I am not clueless about that. I know that my script is rough and disorganized and I need help. I know that. The lack of support is intensifying the isolation of the craft, and you, Mr. King, know that too. My current life circumstances read like something out of the most hellish horror script that I refuse to ignore it any longer. Oh- I must not write about it, or heaven forbid, complain - unless I want to hear, Well at least you are not in the trailer. Thanks. This rich, juicy, too-good-to-be-true fodder must read in a book. How do I record, package and sell these true stories? I never had the audacity to suggest that I am Novel-writing material, but alas, I may have stumbled upon a calling. I am going to finish ON WRITING, and probably reread it, as I tackle those come-hither keys. The opposition is propelling me to places that I am dreaming about {With my demons, or without them.} I wrote a little longer than I had planned, and I hope that you get to see this. An agency has offered me a contract and we are currently waiting for an evaluation on my manuscript. (I have never loved doing something so much in my whole life.) I have written dark poetry and a Creepy Bug Phobias link. My stories lean towards the ghoulish real ghouls, that is, and I want to explore the depths of this genre. Thank you, Mr. King, for ON WRITING. Thank you for making it O.K. to tell the truth. Thank you for telling me that not everyone has to listen A Fan, Alec Belt
 
 
Posted By: Nomad T. Beget - October 16th, 2009 3:52:05 pm EDT
October 16, 2009 Dear Mr. King, I never thought in a million years that I would be writing you. I am enjoying ON WRITING, a loaner from a friend/horror film fan. {I am at page # 183.} When you wrote about truth telling, a tear formed in my right eye. {Sorry} When you said that I should write about whatever I blank please, you gained an unwitting fan. My horror-film-going-days ended, quite abruptly, when I watched what Ellen Burstyn went through with Reagan. I had not planned to stop the pictures It just happened. I remember, however, the Phantom in black & white and his banishment to the dungeon. The Birds scared me too, among others. However, I am not writing you to talk about scary black & whites, or coloreds for that matter. I am writing as a fellow beginning writer to share how you touched me with your book, and perhaps lament a little about the stellar appeal/loneliness of the craft. I will not drone on about how great I am - or my struggles {of which there are many}, I just wanted to tell you that I experienced a bonding with your ideas in a sense. The process of writing means many things, one could write 1,000 books on the subject. The inner struggle (I said it twice), to crawl outside of my flesh, like a resurrected mummy, surrounded by real aliens - no less. I thought that I had battled those demons; however, the craft of writing is proving that those demons, by the thousands, are just waiting at the door. {How is that?} I discovered the writing bug in adult school, where I learned how to launch my own site. Emails came in that read, This is Brilliant, dont stop, and keep writing, and the like. You need to write this down, Nance, and you should write a book, followed. When I handed my book to a couple of readers, the encouragement stopped. You cannot write that, you have to change all of it, dont write a bio, etc, etc, etc. I know that I am not a bestseller yet, but I plan to be. I know where I suck; I am not clueless about that. I know that my script is rough and disorganized and I need help. I know that. The lack of support is intensifying the isolation of the craft, and you, Mr. King, know that too. My current life circumstances read like something out of the most hellish horror script that I refuse to ignore it any longer. Oh- I must not write about it, or heaven forbid, complain - unless I want to hear, Well at least you are not in the trailer. Thanks. This rich, juicy, too-good-to-be-true fodder must read in a book. How do I record, package and sell these true stories? I never had the audacity to suggest that I am Novel-writing material, but alas, I may have stumbled upon a calling. I am going to finish ON WRITING, and probably reread it, as I tackle those come-hither keys. The opposition is propelling me to places that I am dreaming about {With my demons, or without them.} I wrote a little longer than I had planned, and I hope that you get to see this. An agency has offered me a contract and we are currently waiting for an evaluation on my manuscript. (I have never loved doing something so much in my whole life.) I have written dark poetry and a Creepy Bug Phobias link. My stories lean towards the ghoulish real ghouls, that is, and I want to explore the depths of this genre. Thank you, Mr. King, for ON WRITING. Thank you for making it O.K. to tell the truth. Thank you for telling me that not everyone has to listen A New Fan, Nancy T. Bush


 
 
Posted By: Patricia A - July 16th, 2009 12:10:44 pm EDT
Wonderful! Brilliant! Thank you. "On Writing" will be my next audio book purchase. It's one of my favorite books, and I have literally loved 2 paperback copies to death. Hopefully the audio discs will hold up longer than my books have. :)
 
 
Posted By: Mike - June 9th, 2009 12:07:34 pm EDT
If I ever had a audiobook greatest hits, the part where SK talks about his ear problems would be on it. I have listened to this story more than once but every time I hear Steve explain his visit to the doctors I still get squeamish, man that's bad! If you haven't read this book b/c you think it's a dry academic take on writing you should definitely try the audio version. It's excellent and entertaining.
 
 
Posted By: Elizabeth - April 13th, 2009 1:25:33 pm EDT
Good afternoon, dear Stephen King! I Elizabeth. I from Russia, Moscow. Time I already am a lot of very much I love your books. Recently I have learned, that I can write to you the letter and is possible, that you receive it. Your books just fine. There certainly there is a horror, but the most important for me is how you describe psychology of the person in various vital situations. I am surprised, how it is possible to you? When I read your books, I see that it about me and that I too would think so. Many thanks to you for your work. My friend lives in US state Connecticut and he too very much loves Boston Red Sox. He has told, that he saw you on a match, the lucky beggar, (but he does not know about it) because he has seen you! I hope, that you are healthy and at you all is good. Allow to express my respect to you, Elizabeth
 

 

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