Now, before anybody scoffs at this, let me point out that Stephen King’s net worth is estimated at US$400,000,000.
I bet that got your attention! 😆
This book is part autobiography and part writing instruction, so it’s a must for all of you budding bestselling authors.
(And it’s also very funny in places.)
Stephen King – On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft
Narrated by the Author
For years I dreamed of having the sort of massive oak slap that would dominate a room..In 1981 I got the one I wanted and placed it in the middle of a spacious, skylighted study in the rear of the house. For six years I sat behind that desk either drunk or wrecked out of my mind…A year or two after I sobered up, I got rid of the monstrosity and put in a living-room suite where it has been…In the early nineties, before they moved on to their own lives, my kids sometimes came up in the evening to watch a basketball game or a movie and eat pizza..
I got another desk-it’s handmade, beautiful, and half the size of the T. rex desk. I put it at the far west end of the office, in a corner under the eave…I’m sitting under it now, a fifty-three-year-old man with bad eyes, a gimp leg, and no hangover. I’m doing what I now how to do, and as well as I know how to do it. I came through all the stuff I told you about..and now I’m going to tell you as much as I can about the job…It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy, Revival, and Doctor Sleep. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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