His books have sold more than 350 million copies, and many of them have been adapted into feature films, television movies and comic books. May 04, 2019 this past year ive been devouring advice books from fellow writers. Stephen kings 20 tips for becoming a frighteningly good writer. Its brought in more income over time and multiple repeat clients. It took me a while to finally pick up his memoir and start reading. Scooby doo, stranger things, and stephen king s it are in many ways all ancestors. The top 20 richest authors in the world wealth of the top. Aug 24, 2015 suspenseful and impossible to put down, the accident is the perfect book for king fans. But, hey, whats a smidgen of stylistic difference between friends. Stephen kings top writing tips the writing cooperative. In this book he tells us what first made him a horror writer.
The daily routine of 20 famous writers and how you can use them to succeed. So, with a book like end of watch, and when im working. Feb 06, 2020 stephen king has published 57 novels, all of them bestsellers. Jan 29, 2017 famous writers stephen king, john irving and alan hollinghurst respond to this question. His recent work includes the institute, elevation, the outsider, sleeping. King takes a book with him everywhere he goes, and even reads during meals. And even with all of these obligations, stephen king is also an avid reader he reads about 80 books per year, and as he famously says in his memoir on writing, if you dont have time to read, you dont have the time or the tools to write. Stephen edwin king born september 21, 1947 is an american author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy novels.
The following is a complete list of books published by stephen king, an american author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. My writing is tighter and my clients really like the writing style i now put out. A definitive ranking of every stephen king novel ever. Oct 03, 2000 on writing is for me handsdown the best book ive read about the craft of writing and living the life of a writer by a writer. I was recommended by several writers to read stephen kings on writing and it easily became my new favourite nonfiction book. Jonathan franzen, for strong motion, and kate atkinson for the jackson brodie novels, which are marvels of plot. When i was a voracious bookworm, constantly outreading my budget, my mom tried to get me interested in stephen king. Ten things i learned about writing from stephen king books the. As writers, we want to make people cry, laugh, and wipe their sweaty palms on their shirts so they can better grip their books. Famous writers stephen king, john irving and alan hollinghurst respond to this question.
A list of stephen king s novels, organized alphabetically. Oct 31, 2014 stephen king has had an uncanny ability to hit the commercial bullseye from the beginning of his career. And like any maine bookworm with a love of the macabre, i adored him as sort of local hero. Stephen king creates a list of 96 books for aspiring writers to read. In an interview with usa weekend, stephen king rubbished the writing abilities of fellow bestseller stephenie meyer, comparing her to perry mason mystery writer erle stanley gardner, who was a. Mar 11, 2019 stephen king says, this is a terrifying, engrossing ghost story set in the english countryside not long after world war ii, but its so much morealthough told in straightforward prose, this is a deeply textured and thoughtful piece of work. Stephen king has had an uncanny ability to hit the commercial bullseye from the beginning of his career. Author stephen king has hit out at publisher hachette over its decision to drop publication of woody allens memoir after a protest from his son, the author ronan farrow, prompted a walkout of. The daily routine of 20 famous writers and how you can.
My primary writing project during the past year has been to write a memoir. Below are the top thirteen lessons i learned from that book. Now im making an effort to stick them in some serious, hardcore, bad news situations. So, if he shares his insights on writing, you listen.
When a tenth anniversary edition of on writing was published in 2010, king included a new reading list. Stephen kings memoir on writing has become a goto advice book for emerging authors. Stephen king is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He has sold over 350 million copies of his novels around the globe. A memoir of the craft always comes up in articles, forum conversations, and books written by other writers and creatives who talk about the art of writing. Oct 21, 2019 short story collections from authors like stephen king.
Long live the king hailed entertainment weekly upon the publicatio. In the 40 years since his first novel, carrie, he has published more than 50 books, all. Stephen kings on writing is both entertaining and informative besides which, its a pretty quick read. The cabin at the end of the world is the second novel by paul tremblay included in this list. The book is now a beloved classic of experimental and postmodern literature. Mar 08, 2020 author stephen king has hit out at publisher hachette over its decision to drop publication of woody allens memoir after a protest from his son, the author ronan farrow, prompted a walkout of. The belief is that the writing and marketing processes are distinct. Like you, this is the first stephen king book ive read. What writers should learn from the dark tower book spoilers. May 30, 2017 stephen kings greatest writing advice is the nobullshit version of all those rejection letters writers receive, probably because he got a ton himself over his decadesspanning career, stephen king has written an astounding 54 novels that have sold over 350 million copies. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others. When i was young i was infatuated with the book misery.
And yet critics and writers, in embracing king, have often done so by ignoring his otherworldliness and lauding his realism. Feb 05, 2009 in an interview with usa weekend, stephen king rubbished the writing abilities of fellow bestseller stephenie meyer, comparing her to perry mason mystery writer erle stanley gardner, who was a. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. A list of stephen kings written works, organized alphabetically. A list of stephen kings novels, organized alphabetically. King shares stories that shaped his writing career while offering practical advice for writers and other creative professionals.
A postscript, and it reflects on the accident and details. Okay, so putting katsu on this list is a bit of a cheat. If you are interested in the over 700 books that stephen king has recommended or favorably mentioned in his books, check out this sai king recommends. In our recent interview with stephen king, we asked the author to name the best book he ever wrote. Stephen king s memoir, on writing, is an interesting and helpful book for wannabe and experienced authors both, because he explores both writing and the writing life. A list of stephen king s written works, organized alphabetically. Jan 16, 2020 prolific author stephen king is widely regarded as the master of horror. His books and screenplays usually fall into the genres of horror, fantasy, gothic and suspense. This is about stephen king s journey to become a published author and his experiences in wrestling with. Apr 10, 2014 last month we shared stephen kings reading list for writers, a collection of 96 books recommended by king in his acclaimed guide, on writing. Jan 12, 2018 stephen king is a literary icon, a status hes achieved by a defining a genre.
Stephen king is the award winning, best selling author of carrie, the shining, misery, and the shawshank. Receiving an award from the national book association was a major moment in kings career, especially among his peers and being placed among other works deemed important in the literary sphere. Nov 05, 2014 in our recent interview with stephen king, we asked the author to name the best book he ever wrote. Stephen king in the afterword to his acclaimed guide on writing. Stephen kings top 20 rules for writers open culture.
What writers should learn from the dark tower book. A memoir of the craft, stephen king shares the following reading list of 96 books, covering a diverse range of fiction and nonfiction titles. Fans of stephen king should also check out this amazing graphic of the steph en king universe designed by australian illustrator gillian james, as well as this video in which king discusses the art of the short story. Renowned author stephen king has written over 50 books that have captivated.
May 02, 2018 stephen king is one of the most famous writers in the world, an artist who has been so successfulcommercially, artistically, pop culturallyfor so many years, he has become a genre unto himself. Write first, then worry about marketing once the words are published. It won the horror writers associations bram stoker award for novel in 2019. Kings book, on writing, is the best book around for beginning and advanced who can open their minds writers. Kurt vonneguts eight tips on how to write a good short story. I also struggled with my characters getting into some trouble. King has published 63 novels, including seven under the pen name richard bachman, and five nonfiction. Like them or loathe them, you have to admit thats impressive.
Dec 22, 2017 the book was on the new york times bestseller list for over 100 weeks, has sold over seven million copies, and has been made into a muchawarded film. Stephen king attacks axing of woody allen book film. Mar 04, 2014 for more recommended books, see stephen kings reading list part ii and part iii. Sep 14, 2012 the stephen king guide to marketing by jason kong for jane friedmans blog you need both good writing and good marketing. Without a moments hesitation he went with liseys story, a. Stephen kings reading list part ii aerogramme writers studio. Stephen king creates a list of 96 books for aspiring writers. Stephen king is one of the most famous writers in the world, an artist who has been so successfulcommercially, artistically, pop culturallyfor so many years, he has become a genre unto himself. Top 10 modern horror novels more terrifying than a stephen.
Stay away from recreational drugs ray bradbury offers 12 essential writing tips and explains why literature saves civilization. The daily routine of 20 famous writers and how you can use. Creative writing tips, more advice and lessons from stephen king. A memoir of the craft isnt merely a book about writing. Stephen king attacks axing of woody allen book film the. Nonfiction and fiction writers, bloggers and indie writers all praise this book. By far, the best writing advice ive found is stephen kings book on writing.
The cure for writers block via stephen king becca j. No, the subtitle very succinctly describes the contents. The book raises many questions and will leave you eager to read the next installment in the trilogy. King s manual on writing reveals that hes relentlessly dedicated to his craft. It was published in the afterword with the following introductory note. Stephen king is one of the most read authors in the world. Stephen king rubbishes twilight author stephenie meyer. Stephen king has 1632 books on goodreads with 23469689 ratings. Jan 25, 2016 i found stephen kings book,on writing and have put into writing his many recommendations. The novelist james smythe, who has been analysing the work of stephen king for the guardian since 2012, on the lessons he has drawn from. He admits that not even the king himself always sticks to his rulesbut trying to follow them is a good start. Did i mention i love any of kings works where abnormal circumstances. Very few writers live to see other writers analyzed against their output, but its so common to call a w.
Since 1974, king has published over sixty novels, a handful of nonfiction books, and countless short stories, as well as penned graphic novels, a screenplay, a musical libretto, and a childrens book straight out of his own dark tower universe. Without a moments hesitation he went with liseys story, a 2006 novel about a woman coping with. Stephen king writes a letter to his 16yearold self. Stephen kings reading list for writers aerogramme writers studio. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his works. This is not a textbook on grammar and sentence structure. This is a list of books that stephen king has recommended or mentioned favorably in on writing, danse macabre, secret windows, his entertainment weekly column, in blurbs on book covers, etc.
Stephen king s books have sold over 350 million copies. Stephen king creates a list of 96 books for aspiring. A memoir of the craft, touches on each of these activities. Aug 15, 2017 the daily routine of 20 famous writers and how you can use them to succeed. In other words, not only has stephen king written some genius novels and short stories, novellas, essays, and works of criticism, but hes written a lot of them51 novels. Aug 04, 2017 what writers should learn from the dark tower book spoilers. Film buffs might also read this book to garner the backstory on his films, many of which are now cult classics. And now hes going to tell you exactly how to become a frighteningly good writer.282 1577 1180 68 985 1200 650 150 1208 1076 120 186 1494 689 242 184 486 1223 907 906 1258 143 619 861 792 486 774 662 1302 1212 523 280