Inspiration from the King of horror!
There are many authors I appreciate for inspiring me, but ask me who my favourite author is and the first name to come to mind will be Stephen King. My dad handed me his copy of King’s short story collection ‘Night Shift’ when I was twelve. Since then, I dare say with my crappy memory, my love of horror was born. At least I don’t remember any other horror before him!
I have read the contents of Night Shift of course, although the only full novel I have read is Carrie. The film version of The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best films I have ever watched (every Saturday night for five weeks straight before Christmas!) and if you are at a point where you believe no horror film can terrify the life out of you, try watching IT – in fact I dare you!
Below are some of my favourite pieces of wisdom and humour from Stephen King…
We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.
And poets, in my view, and I think the view of most people, do speak God’s language – it’s better, it’s finer, it’s language on a higher plane than ordinary people speak in their daily lives.
If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.
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.
Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
Get busy living, or get busy dying.
And in real life endings aren’t always neat, whether they’re happy endings, or whether they’re sad endings
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.
When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’