Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers in the world. I’m embarrassed to admit that I have never read any of his fiction. Not one. I’ve also never seen the movies except part of Stand by Me. His genre of horror has never been something in my wheelhouse, but I did admire him as a writer and a person. I follow him on Twitter and he wrote a magnificent essay on JK Rowling for Time magazine.
The one book I did manage to acquire and read was his memoir/advice for writers book, On Writing. I found it engaging, brilliantly written and so beautifully in his voice. Writing this reminds me that I should re-read it just because.
Here are a few of his quotes that I feel drawn to:
- The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.
- Let me say it again: You must not come lightly to the blank page.
- You go where the story leads you
- If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
- I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.
Stephen King’s Writing Toolbox is a strategy after my own heart. I love the idea of tools and toolboxes to get us through everyday life – that specialized item that is exactly what we need right at that moment in time.
Two Interviews with Stephen King
with The Independent (from 2017)
with The Atlantic (from 2013)