K is for the King

Not this king… Or this king…

I’m talking about this King:

I used to love reading Stephen King books when I was in high school but I haven’t read his books at all in the past 15 years. I feel sad about that. Because I used to enjoy his books so much. I recently read On Writing and it made me like King even more. Of all the things he taught me in that book, my favorite was this little lesson: writing is something you sit down and do every day. You shut the door. You write your words. And you just do what you can. After a while, you open the door up and you go about your life. He didn’t make it seem like this epic, dramatic thing. It’s just something you do. Do you like that view on writing? I do.

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9 thoughts on “K is for the King

  1. I loved Stephen King books when I was in my late teens, but I've never read his book 'On Writing'.

    I do like Stephen King's attitude to writing but for me, it's impossible to write my words and then shut the door on it until the next day. Even when I'm not writing, I find myself still thinking about it.

    Whether it's plot problems or future scenes, the 'film' of my book replays continuosly in my head. So even though it seems that I'm not doing anything, I'm still writing in my head (if that makes sense?).

    Great Post.

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  2. A brilliant 'K' posting. I agree with Stephen King and that is my writing experience – my words and characters are always there, lurking if not dominating!

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  3. “On Writing” is the only Stephen King book I've ever made it through. I've *tried* to be brave and read the horror stuff, but I just can't do it. I chicken out a few chapters in.

    The “kill your darlings” advice really stayed with me, because even though I'd gotten more comfortable with hacking up my WIP, I wasn't really understanding the lesson of less is more.

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  4. That view of the writing life resonates with me. You close the door and do it, and then you open the door and get on with the rest of your life.

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  5. I completely agree with that view of the writing life . . . although sometimes my kids run by and give me a quick critique, it is just something that I do every day, alone, no matter what the circumstances. The only drama comes when I get something published – I always wonder if e-zine editors realize that I can jump to my ceiling on those days when I've had poems or stories accepted.

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