Wisdom from Stephen King

posted Jan 4, 2016, 6:11 AM by David Alan Binder   [ updated May 16, 2016, 6:43 AM ]

Wisdom from Stephen King

Here is some wisdom from Stephen King that I gleaned from Reader’s Digest February 2015 edition article under “Choice Words”

Make sure your opening line “invite[s] the reader to begin the story”.  (This is attributed to the Atlantic.)

Many stories are stopped as they are started since the compulsion to keep reading is lacking.  Humans are afraid of chaos and chaos means readership possibly. 

“Why do you choose to write that creepy stuff?” was a question he was once asked. His answer is very telling, “What makes you think I have a choice?”  (This is attributed to New York Times Magazine.)  Write those things that give you no choice that are compelling to you.  Someone will also find it compelling.

“Even bad guys” “see themselves as good” this is a set up for those “shades of gray” which makes life and people (characters) interesting.  (This is attributed to Writer’s Digest.)

If you can earn a living at doing what you love, he advises, “Give because it’s the only concrete way” and it is a way to give back.  (This is attributed to a commencement address at Vassar College.)

Probably the most important thing for kids can learn from him is “No kid in high school feels as though they fit in”.  (This is attributed to Nightline.)  I have almost never felt at ease and felt like I fit in and it is nice that Stephen King shares that empathy and it feels like it may be universal. 

Stephen King “takes a book everywhere”.  (This is attributed to Entertainment Weekly.) I also take a book many places as well; especially, if there will be waiting involved.  It is nice to know that we agree with each other, although probably it is not important to him as it is to me as a writer.

Emulating Stephen King is a noble aspiration; however, it does not have to be him but someone that you can look up to and admire and learn from will help you immensely.  Seek out your inspirations from everyday life and from those whom you are familiar with and feel they are a good model.

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