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Mientras escribo (Best Seller) de Stephen…

Mientras escribo (Best Seller) (edição: 2018)

de Stephen King (Autor)

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Stephen King reflects on how his writing has helped him through difficult times and describes various aspects of the art of writing.
Título:Mientras escribo (Best Seller)
Autores:Stephen King (Autor)
Informação:DEBOLSILLO (2018), Edition: 001, 320 pages
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On Writing de Stephen King

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Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | May 7, 2021 |
This biography is one of the most famous ever written. The biography follows Stephen King's life and journey, including his honesty about drug addicition and how it impacted his writing. The book is a great tool for any person who wants to pursue writing, as it also includes a section about how to write, structure words, approaching a sentence, and overall writing advice. His biography is a top seller along with his other works of fiction.

Interview with Stephen King on the Writing Process
https://youtu.be/EhwLqRQ8unM ( )
  KylerJones | Apr 25, 2021 |
It’s easy to assume (and maybe even hope) that Stephen King isn’t a good writer—surely someone so prolific, popular, and obsessed with the supernatural can’t be much of an artist, right? But he is. He really is.

I was reminded of this several times while reading On Writing, King’s autobiographical musings on how to author quality fiction. Some of the book’s more memorable lines:

- (On his uncle’s toolbox) “Inside the top was a silk lining, rather odd in such a context and made more striking still by the pattern, which was pinkish-red cabbage roses fading into a smog of grease and dirt.”

- (On recovering from alcoholism) “I came back to [normal life] the way folks come back to a summer cottage after a long winter, checking first to make sure nothing had been stolen or broken during the cold season. It was still all there, still all whole. Once the pipes were thawed out and the electricity was turned on, everything worked fine.”

- (On the need for a support network) “Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”

- (On nearly dying after being hit by a car) “I realize that I am actually lying in death’s doorway. Someone is going to pull me one way or the other pretty soon; it’s mostly out of my hands.”

- (On why the book is—by King’s standards—relatively brief) “This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit.”

King uses such prose to sketch how he was “formed” as a writer, a journey that included working several dead-end jobs (like washing maggot-filled hospital sheets) before he finally sold the paperback rights to Carrie. This was probably my favorite part of On Writing; his advice on the nuts and bolts of crafting fiction is less original. Read widely, write daily, tell the truth, limit descriptions to a few significant details, minimize adverbs (because “the road to hell is paved with adverbs”), etc.

King’s description of his writing process is intriguing, though. He’s firmly in the no-outline camp, and compares drafting a story to excavating a fossil: for him, the fossil already exists; he’s just unearthing it. To do so, he simply starts with a situation, places his characters in it, and sees where they take matters. As King admits, this approach “has more to do with instinct than with anything resembling ‘higher thought.’” I’m not sure I could pull it off—it’s the polar opposite of Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method, a technique I’m currently trying and enjoying.

But relying on intuition obviously works for King. I imagine he wrote On Writing in this fashion, which is probably why it’s a bit wandering and thoroughly readable.

(For more reviews like this one, see www.nickwisseman.com) ( )
1 vote nickwisseman | Apr 19, 2021 |
I have never read a proper Stephen King novel. I am one of those shameless people who doesn’t like horror or thrillers, even though I have never read any. But I have read The Long Walk, a novella written under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman. Part of the grade 9 curriculum, that story has bided in my mind ever since, and is one of the reasons I considered reading On Writing in the first place. However terrifying I’ve made King’s mind out to be, I was curious what he would have to say about the craft.

For memoirs, especially those read by the author, I prefer to listen to the audiobook. The Simon & Schuster version of the book, narrated by Stephen King himself, felt like sitting at the feet of a master. Over the course of 8 hours, he details his personal life: how he came to writing in childhood, his path to success, his relationships, his addiction, and his recovery. He answers the common questions people ask and those he wishes people would ask while describing the tools that every serious writer best be aware of. He lets us in on his writing process while encouraging us to develop our own. His writing style is conversational and is perfectly complemented by the audiobook medium.

I approached the book from an editor’s perspective. Rather than looking for inspiration and encouragement to write, I was listening for how he navigated the publishing world, how he looks at the writing process (he is a pantser—he doesn’t plot out his manuscript beforehand, preferring to write by the seat of his pants), and his take on specific literary devices like dialogue, exposition, accommodating backstory, etc. He asserts his opinions humbly. My editor curiosity was satisfied, and for the little creative writing that I do, I felt validated and encouraged to not let the practice fall to the side.

While I enjoyed hearing his thoughts on what makes a good writer and good writing, I was surprised to find myself captivated by the little behind-the-scenes insights into his pivotal works. If his style of writing and speaking hadn’t already endeared him to me, these little revelations have enticed me to give one of his novels a try. I hope his words are enough to provide me a tether amidst the abject terror of his storytelling that I remain convinced will make me lose my mind.

I’m giving this book 5/5 stars for being exactly what it promised and making me want to expand my reading wheelhouse. I will undoubtedly read it again. ( )
  BookNeurd | Mar 29, 2021 |
I didn't think I was going to like this book because I've never been a huge fan of his work. Then again, I've only read one or two pieces and I actually did like The Stand and the first book of the Gunslinger series. His advice is honest, frank, and well laid out. And reading about his life was a delight. I had no idea that he struggled for so long with addiction. A very good read. I have about 200 highlights from it. ( )
  jplumey | Feb 24, 2021 |
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(p79) Look — here's a table covered with a red cloth. ... Do we see the same thing? We'd have to get together and compare notes to make absolutely sure, but I think we do. There will be necessary variations, of course: some receivers will see a cloth which is turkey red, some will see one that's scarlet, while others may see still other shades. ... and a cat with an 8, clearly marked on its back in blue ink ... This is what we're looking at, and we all see it. I didn't tell you. You didn't ask me. I never opened my mouth and you never opened yours. We're not even in the same year together, let alone the same room ... except we are together. We're close. We're having a meeting of the minds.
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