Creative writing lessons: Creative Writing tips, advice and lessons from bestseller Stephen King

I method for starting anything as I tell myself the story when I'm laying in bed at night before I go to sleep I'll tell myself this story and so at some point probably nine months after this because this is what it's like you know a little piece of grit and it makes a pearl after a while you just have to give it time and if it doesn't happen it doesn't but a lot of times it does but people say do you keep a notebook and the answer is I think a writer's notebook is the best way in the world to immortalize bad ideas my idea about a good idea is one that sticks around and sticks around and sticks around it's like to me it's like if you were to put bread crumbs in a strainer and shake it which is what the passage of time is for me it's like shaking a strainer all this stuff that's not very big and not very important just kind of dissolves and falls out but the good stuff stays you know the big pieces stay I had the idea for under the dome when I was teaching high school back in 1973 and it was just too big for me and I was too young for it and I wrote about 25 26 pages and put it away there's a scene at the beginning of this book where this woodchuck gets cut in half when this dome comes down over this town I had written that part when I was in in my early 20s and just sort of recreated it from memory when I when I wrote the book so the good stuff stays the only thing you can do is you use your best judgment you know and I want to tell stories but I love the language I always have I fell in love with with books with novels when I was a young guy and I fell in love with poetry when I was in college people like Richard Wilbur Hart Crane Ezra Pound TS Eliot all these guys the quality of the language being like something that you could eat with a spoon and I don't aspire to being lyrical I don't want to do that but I want to write as well as I possibly can I don't want to get diarrhea of the mouth I want to keep the story rolling but I want to do it as elegantly as I can i think that readers sort of expect that so and then when the thing is done you give it to people and particularly an editor and one of the things I'm asked sometimes about editing the more successful that you get the more important it is to listen to an editor who won't let you hang yourself in Times Square so I try to do that and I remember what Hemingway said you must kill your darlings well that seems a little bit harsh I not able to kill all my darlings but I do some next anyway I had a Honda because I didn't know any better and and I got it out in the spring when the snow was gone from me and and I started it up and it just it wasn't bright it just wasn't running right and somebody told me well you go on up to this guy's farm he's got a you probably know where this is going he said go on up this guy's got a little garage adjacent to his farm and he's got this unique way of doing things he tells you what it's going to cost and that's what it costs so I went up and about halfway to this farm which was way out in East overshoe the the motor started to skip and by the time I got to the farm it was barely running at all and it died as I pulled into the into the guys door yard that's what we call it May in the dooryard so I'm on my motorcycle and the motorcycle is dead and from this garage came the biggest goddamn Saint Bernard you ever saw in your life and the guy came out the mechanic came out and the dogs going and it's got that stuff coming out of his eyes you know the way that Saint Bernards do and he said don't worry Buster is very friendly and Buster weighed about 250 pounds and so I walked over toward Buster and his haunches just sort of coiled down and his teeth came out and he actually started to go for me and the guy brought a socket wrench down on his hind end and the dog sat still and I thought I might get an apology but the guy looked at me and just said Buster must not alight your face so he fixed my motorcycle and I wrote a book called Cujo and and it worked out and sometimes so sometimes it does it does work out sometimes it works out but it doesn't work out the way you think it's going to work out I wrote a book called the shining and Jesus this is like being led zepplin back together again play all the heads or something that's kind of cool you know you sit in a room and you write stories and everything and then you come out here and people have actually read the stories let's see it's horny that's good so anyway I thought when I wrote The Shining I said I there's a wonderful idea about this family in this haunted hotel and what they really want is the boy with psychic powers and at the end of the book the hotel will kind of absorb him and then we'll see the next year we'll see the whole family as ghosts but it didn't turn out that way I feel like you have to follow the characters and you have to follow the story where it leads and the last thing that I want to do is to spoil a book with plot so I think I think the plot at plot is the last resort of bad writers as a rule I'm a lot more interested in character in situation and you'll follow it where it goes and you know I got a lot of letters after Cujo because the little boy died at the end Ted his name was Ted and he died of heat prostration in the car I got a lot of letters saying how could you kill that little kid parenthetically I got a lot more letters about Greg Stillson kicking a dog to death in the dead zone people care about dogs in a way they don't about kids it's it's weird but there it is hey I don't make the news I just report it you know I'm Sam so anyway I had no idea that tad was going to die and I had no idea that Danny and his mother were going to live but I was really glad when they did you

34 thoughts on “Creative writing lessons: Creative Writing tips, advice and lessons from bestseller Stephen King

  1. I love learning about Jesus by listening to children’s stories , because it is never an intellectual exercise but a children’s joy project of painting all the lovely stories in my heart and soul. No matter what your beliefs I feell this level o understanding mostly effects your inner self like you are a child. Adults with our often deeply troubled minds that children don’t have as much as much look at the world as a fun place of excitement. They just keep their feelings simple and enjoy them not despise them as stupid like us truly intelligent but in many ways stupid adults.

  2. I have bipolar and I have a lot of limitations not only in mood , paranoid views that I can only intellectually view as bizarre , but none the less real st an emotional level.

    Few can write well. I have an unbelievable quest for any knowledge, so I can draw on this as my rough idea for a story. Then write and edit at least 3 times. I am never totally satisfied.

    Your paper must flow like a river , if you can not learn on your own logical transitions of ideas that make sense then work on this first then write.

    Write on an eighth grade reading level and your reader will love you. This is the most enjoyable reading and perfectly ok. Although I have a great vocabulary I never use it out of respect for my reader. There is no perfect adjectives or adverbs so why try, jut make your descriptions interesting and fun.

    If you lack imagination learn this. The greats of the world in all fields have great imaginations . Learn it . Daydreaming is a true joy. Picture yourself flying or traveling on the end of a light beam like Albert Einstein. One of the great joys for me is flying over my neighborhood.

    You will never convince another of your ideas, so why try? Just gently nudge others for fun, they will love you and save your ego. If you want to convince people trump is great then think of small things people miss in their haste to judge. I have no public opinion I will state in this.

    Just like I don’t have natural talent to be a painter you probably don’t have a gift at writing. Ok stop trying to impress others with your ideas and just express them for the sheer joy of painting words in your readers mind beautiful pictures in peoples minds like they are an open canvas..

    Above all you can violate al these rules but if you are interesting than you are ok. Don’t write if you can only only express your boring life, with no joy or imagination on your paper.

    Stephen King starts with a general story and creates a story that he lives first. Then all else is details on the most interesting way to tell it. It really is that simple. Keep in balance, focus and imagination of incredible joy only can help.

    With my talents could I be another Stephen King , yes. But I don’t want too his way of telling a story is his and I Would hate telling his story , because I am not him.

    I have never read his books. But one book that changed me is “ endless enemies “ your view point of us and our wars will radically change your view of our arrogance if trying to mold the world in our AMERICAN image. Questioning makes a great writer.

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  4. He is a very sick individual for these negativities to be flowing in his mind.. Frankly there are much better writers

  5. I could listen to Stephen King talk for hours. I write in the same method as he does with defining your characters and a spark of an idea and seeing where they take me rather than trying to formulate a plot. It's much more exciting and liberating to write in that way, because the writer themselves has no idea what's coming next, and this leads to some very interesting situations and overall story telling.

  6. First time seeing Steven kinv and he looks like he would be on a news paper saying this man killed his dog mother child and wife

  7. Anyone that associates with a person that HITS a dog with a wrench is evil and sick. I just lost respect for Stephen King. Didn't have much respect in the first place. Doesn't have much of an imagination. Just takes century old ideas for his books, nothing original.

  8. I have been struggling to develop a story idea and that first bit just lifted the weight from my stomach.

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  10. Ok no offense Steven, I'm sure you're like the best writer ever, but by default I hate your books because I despise anything horror in the world.
    But thank you so much for the quality advice. A good use of 7 minutes of my life.

  11. i must say thank you Mr. king for Christine. I feel it is your masterpiece. Dennis wanted to save his best friend, arnie what a premise

  12. I think its all on you. Everyone has their own taste, hopes and dreams that tangled to ur conscious and subconscious. In writing its where ur aspirations transpire to life.

    Its not about how to write but how you write it.

  13. I NEED HELP >>> writing my Life Story, I have a disability that hinders me.

    " PTSD from Police Brutality has changed my life"
    " 911 Live or Die"
    " A life of Hell in a 28-year cocaine addition "
    " Yes, Jesus Saves Lives Today!"
    " Out of body Experience Changed my life"
    " AA, NA, CR which way will you choose?"
    any info appreciated!

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  16. since im a writer by myself too, lately ive been watching a lot of stephen kings interviews. i gotta say that hes such an amazing speaker, and he makes everything he says meaninful. this guy is a fucking genius, for real. big respect.

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  18. My guess is that King has found the magic definition of sycophancy Sicko's fancy.
    A sure money maker. The best audiences never realise how idiotic they are until they recall the monologue later while driving home from work. And then rear end the stopped car in front to drive the point home.

  19. As I recall from my own childhood, the bulk became "life" polarized and strove to become validated by the herd while others like me became "death" polarized and wanted very badly to be known as such. Yes, definitely borderline schizoid and prone to such delights as night terrors erstwhile having my head filled with visions of hell vis a vi the herds most prolific terrorists. Television, church and my three evil older sisters.

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