Stephen King is now a household name, and has been for quite some time. Throughout the years, it seems that King has rarely, if ever, stopped writing. The man consistently pumps out new content and books, and many of them get adapted into television shows, movies, graphic novels, and more. Stephen King is no doubt a juggernaut-writing machine. Many new authors and writers have much to learn from him and his work ethic. This year, in honor of Stephen King’s birthday today, here are 15 quotes by the master horror author to help all those others struggling to write and complete their own works.
1. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.
2. You have to stay faithful to what you’re working on.
3. Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
4. Wherever you write is supposed to be a little bit of a refuge, a place where you can get away from the world. The more closed in you are, the more you’re forced back on your own imagination.
5. And as a writer, one of the things that I’ve always been interested in doing is actually invading your comfort space. Because that’s what we’re supposed to do. Get under your skin, and make you react.
6. You see something, then it clicks with something else, and it will make a story. But you never know when it’s going to happen.
7. You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
8. Like anything else that happens on its own, the act of writing is beyond currency. Money is great stuff to have, but when it comes to the act of creation, the best thing is not to think of money too much. It constipates the whole process.
9. But I think there are a set of experiences that turn a potential writer into a working writer, and then there are places in your life were you start to recognize what you want to do.
10. I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud.
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