This week’s Writer’s Corner artist probably needs no formal introduction. Stephen King is one of the most prolific of contemporary writers, whose books have sold well over 350 million copies world wide. His specific genre (which we mostly know him as) is Horror, but if you thought to dismiss his books, thinking that’s all he writes, you’d be wrong. The themes that run through his stories are suspense, supernatural, science fiction, fantasy and horror. His craft, though I believe, are his well formed characters that run alongside the plot lines, that make him such a well loved modern writer.
He is relentless in his craft, having written under his own name, as well as collaborations with other writers and pseudonyms. He has written under the name Richard Bachman (‘The Running Man’, ‘Thinner’) and his new book, ‘Sleeping Beauties’ is written in collaboration with his son, Owen King.
Many of his books are set in King’s own home state of Maine, and he often refers to characters in other books in his stories. So many of his books have been adapted to the big screen, including : ‘The Green Mile’, ‘The Stand’, ‘Under the Dome’ and ‘Misery’.
He includes many writers as main characters in his novels (who could forget Jack Torrance in ‘The Shining’?). It is worth noting that his short story ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’ became the movie ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ starring Morgan Freeman, is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.
Lastly, I have to add ‘It’ in the mix, as my family and I went to see the film version recently and loved it! (My daughter is currently reading the book version).
Finally (I’m going I promise!)…King has written many tips and advice to aspiring writers over the years, and his book ‘On writing’ has become somewhat of a Bible if you are an aspiring writer! (Me included).
Top 5 Writing Tips, Stephen King
- Write for yourself. Then worry about your audience.
- Don’t use Passive voice! Instead of ” The meeting will be held at 7 o’clock,” say, “The meeting’s at seven.”
- Stick to your own writing style. Read voraciously, but always form your own writing style, through the inspiration of other writers.
- Avoid adverbs in your writing. They are unnecessary and do not help your story.
- Turn off the TV, mobile phone, video games…..all distractions…and just write.
Finally, a cheeky one – the magic is in YOU! Don’t succumb to fear, just write your heart out, and the magic will flow.
Have a good week, fellow bloggers! 🙂
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