Inspiration: Stephen King

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Update: Go to 3:00 mark to skip the intro and go straight to Stephen King.

It’s not a big surprise that Stephen King is one of my favourite authors, and not just because I love the stories (and I do), but because he takes time to share and encourage other writers. If you are in a slump, have a look at the video and see how you feel afterwards. Fair warning: it’s 55 minutes long and do skip the first 3 minutes unless you are related to or in love with the person doing intros. And there’s that projectile vomiting thing, too. If you are a Steven King fan or even if you’ve never read his books, there is a lot to gain listening to him speak.

Once you’ve watched this, I have to ask if you are ready to write again. I’ll bet you are.

His style is different from other authors. He doesn’t carry a notebook to jot down ideas, but instead let’s the idea brew to see where it stands in a few month’s time. Mr. Mercedes came about because of a news story that sat in the back of his mind. It was a fight between two women at McDonald’s that eventually became the Bill Hodges novel trilogy.

Listening to Stephen King speak is easy. He’s real. He talks about writing in a way that anyone can understand and he’s funny as well as encouraging.

Besides watching the video, one of the best things you can do for yourself is pick up a copy of Stephen King’s On Writing. You will find some seriously good guidelines and more inspiration. It’s not preachy, not a biography, just some excellent advice from an author who is very successful.

Find it in paperback on Amazon. 

Feature image photo of Stephen King (the one that shows up on Facebook) is by Pinguino on Flickr. Don’t you just love that name?

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    1. Alexandra

      Thanks, femme! It’s in my toolbox, too. I love it! He’s correct about that inspiration part, too, and I need to discipline myself more when it comes to that. It’s a job, not a bolt of lightning lol.

  1. Nell Rose

    Hi Alex, I just watched the whole thing for an hour! he is fascinating! I must have read nearly all his books, so I found this really helpful, he is a character isn’t he? lol! Loved the way he slated 50 Shades! lol!

    1. Alexandra

      Haha yes, the jet ski business made me laugh! He was correct with that ‘Oh my’ and ‘Oh my god’ business too. An hour with Stephen King just doesn’t feel long. I’ll watch this more than once 🙂

  2. Wayne Barrett

    Thanks for sharing this Alexandra. My first reading of ‘On Writing’ was an audio book, and I loved hearing Stephen King doing the reading. Of course I then had to purchase the paperback because that thing is a treasure chest of reference and inspiration.

    1. Alexandra

      Wayne, that book is one of the best books on writing I’ve ever read. I also own Strunk’s ‘The Elements of Style’ and and couldn’t be without it. Interesting what he comes up with on the drive between Florida and Maine!

  3. Sunshine

    On Writing is a fabulous book!

    1. Alexandra

      It is! It’s hard to explain just how much is packed in there. It’s one I can read over and over and keep getting more from it 🙂

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