The World of Stephen King

on-writing-book-coverStephen King is a prolific writer. Not that he works at a Herculean pace, but he works, continuously. During a TV interview, he stated that he only took two days off a year, his birthday, and Christmas. Later, in his book On Writing, he admitted he just said that so he wouldn’t sound like a writing nerd.

The truth, he said, was that he never intentionally took days off from writing because it left him at loose ends and made him feel out of sorts. Sounds good to me.

Stephen Edwin King was born September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine. He is, therefore, an American author specializing in the horror and supernatural fiction genres. In spite of the fact that he has written over 50 novels like Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, and Misery, he has also written six non-fiction works, including the aforementioned On Writing.

Even in his memoir of the craft, King has difficulty explaining his foray and success with the horror writing field. He does admit that his mother was a free spirit with a sense of humor and a willingness to discuss things with him that might have been found strange in other families, especially at a young age. This included the two people she had seen (or heard) die.

King also points out that he has had to endure the slings and arrows of most contemporary critics, which he accepts, and admits he simply writes what makes him happy. And, he tries to do it while “telling the truth,” a very difficult concept for most beginning authors.

However, his book about the craft of writing can certainly point an aspiring or struggling author in the correct direction towards improving their work. Until you get the chance to read the book you can always do what he often mentions in the book and interviews: write a lot and read a lot.