So, I’ve been thinking long and hard about the next book that I’m going to write. It’s not that I’ve been having a hard time with motivation but I just have been a little insecure about my writing. I’d been thinking if I can really even pull off this book that is completely out of my genre. I’m basically going from strictly romance (and the works) to thriller. I thought, why not go check out interviews of your favorite writers and see if you get some insight. I instantly thought Stephen King first. When I was in private school many, many years ago I went through this long horror phase and read nothing else. Some writers I easily forgot after reading them but Stephen King, Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clarke were three that I couldn’t get out of my mind. Yes, now that I think about it I will be rereading some of their books and writing reviews on them. It only seems fair now that I tell you they were favorites that I go back and share my opinions of them. Now or from then.
Anyway, so I just googled interviews with Stephen King. I initially just looked up interviews with Stephen King and google added the little ‘YouTube’ tidbit on the end which I guess I didn’t mind. I stumbled across the video interview with Seth Meyers and was instantly taken away. Outside of King being one of the best writers he also has an alluring personality. I could honestly hear him speak on anything; religion, books, art, politics and I believe I would still be taken away. I am impressed, not that my opinion of him matters, in his straight-at-you way of answering questions, sharing parts of his life some keep secret, thoughts about God and his reasons for writing.
There is a portion in the interview where Andy Greene, the reporter, asks King about his daily writing habits and I had to get a screenshot of it (from my phone of course, sorry so blurry) and share it with you. This is definitely my dream of writing. It’s where I’d want to be, how my day would go; of course in my own way. I’d love to have it as a career, to wake up and know that writing is on my main agenda. That other full time jobs and random ‘must do’ responsibilities won’t get in the way as they do now. I spend most of my time working more than one job trying to keep myself afloat or pay for things just to have them and it cuts into my writing tremendously. I actually am surprised that I was able to finish Coalesce while I was at KU for Architecture. It also blows my mind that I had any time at all to finish Hunter over the last year. In the interview, King goes into the struggles of drinking, drugs and family life. He talks on being poor, on becoming rich and his thoughts on those who live higher than him. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury.
I had, before, questioned if I had that sort of drive to make it happen. I questioned if I was as taken away by writing as I am by my ability to write. Then I read something that inspires me, I watch an adapted from novel film or read an interview by a Great and I think…I do. I correct myself in thinking that it might just be the fear of failure, one that King touches on in the interview, that might actually be holding me back. It’s like a thorn in my side and in my thumb and neither seem to be going anywhere any time soon. But maybe that’s what separates all these Greats from me. They have pushed through their writing insecurities, they’ve made their lives as writers and they are sitting on the other side of my dream waving me over. It’s all together luminous in thought.
So, I just thought I would share my thoughts on one of my favorite writers with you guys. I’ve included the links to both the video interview with Seth Meyers and the article written by Andy Greene. Tell me what you guys think of Stephen King or any of your favorite authors! Have you read any really great interviews lately you would like to share?
P.S. I hadn’t realized until my guy told me to read an interview, just for the sake of the creativity and genius of the article, how beautifully these interviews are actually written. The description of Stephen King’s writing office, the simply placed Maine town in the article along with the actual flow of the questioning was genius on part of Andy Greene. I commend him for his writing genius also!
Interview by The Rolling Stones of Stephen King on Writing