Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books. King has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman and six non-fiction books. He has written nearly 200 short stories, most of which have been collected in book collections. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.
Advice On Writing
Mr King has a whole book “On Writing” and for those that haven’t read it, it’s actually really insightful. So here are a few tips of Mr Kings that I thought were quite good.
- Stop Watching Television. Instead, Read as Much as Possible. If you’re just starting out as a writer, your television should be the first thing to go. It’s “poisonous to creativity”, he says.
- Write Primarily for Yourself. You should write because it brings you happiness and fulfilment. King Says, “I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for the joy, you can do it forever.”
- When Writing, Disconnect From the Rest of the World. King Advises “Write with the door closed; rewrite with the door open.”
- Master the Art of Description. “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s,” writes King. The important part isn’t writing enough, but limiting how much you say.
- When You’re Finished Writing, Take a Long Step Back. King suggests six weeks of “recuperation time” after you’re done writing, so you can have a clear mind to spot any glaring holes in the plot or character development. He asserts that a writer’s original perception of a character could be just as faulty as the reader’s.
King compares the writing and revision process to nature. “When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees,” he writes. “When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.” When you do find your mistakes, he says that “you are forbidden to feel depressed about them or to beat up on yourself. Screw-ups happen to the best of us.”
Did You Know?..
Stephen King wrote a musical?
Stephen King doesn’t seem like the type of man that would write a musical, does he? But he did write one with John Mellencamp – an American rock singer-songwriter – which was called The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. It was based on Mellencamp’s Indiana home, which came with a ghost story about three siblings who were playing in the woods when one was shot. The surviving brother and sister jumped into their car to get help, but, due to their panic, they swerved off the road and were instantly killed. The three siblings are thought to haunt the woods by Mellencamp’s home.