As the pandemic comes to a close, it is easy to forget the struggles and hardships that came along with it. Stuck inside four walls with no inspiration besides the internet can become shackles to people’s creativity and mental health. Writer’s block and lack of motivation was a huge issue for a lot of writers.
When writing, The Stand (published in 1978) – a hugely famous dark fantasy novel in King’s repertoire about a pandemic powered by a weaponized version of the flu (does this sound relevant?) – King struggled to continue after reaching the 500 page mark.