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lil  ·  2279 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Dreaded Question

Thanks KB. Reminds me of watching Margaret Atwood in conversation with Stephen King at the International Festival of Authors a few years back. She asked the dreaded question, "Stephen, where do you get your ideas." Stephen King: "I just make this shit up."

I'm inclined to agree with the "canned" response from the author in the cartoon: "my work is born from a stew of research, personal experience, and the influence of authors I cherish" and everything else in the stew.

kleinbl00  ·  2279 days ago  ·  link  ·  

His book "On Writing" goes a little more in depth than "I just make this shit up", including the origins for Misery, Salem's Lot and The Stand, but I certainly appreciate the sentiment.

lil  ·  2279 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I heard of that book, but haven't read it yet. Would you recommend it?

kleinbl00  ·  2279 days ago  ·  link  ·  

wholeheartedly. First half is "Hi, I'm Stephen King. Here's how I got to be me." Second half is "Hi, I'm Stephen King. Here's how I keep being me."

Totally awesome.