Stephen King on Inspiration

   STEPHEN KING – I’ve only read two of his books, neither of them even close to his best ones (The Running Man & Joyland) from what I hear, but his name alone is like a brand in itself and I was intrigued to discover more about him. I watched a documentary on him recently and came across the video below where King answers questions from a panel, surprising and delighting me at his sense of humour and the sincerity of his answers; he’s a real character above and beyond the writing we know him for. If you need some writing inspiration you’ll enjoy the video (ignore the clickbait title of it, Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey are merely some books he rightfully trashes).

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26 thoughts on “Stephen King on Inspiration

  1. I just love Stephen King, lost count on how many of his books I’ve read but my top 5 (in no order) that I truly recommend are: The stand, Salems Lot, 11/22/63, the shining and the dead zone.
    If you want to try his books under his pseudonym Richard Bachman then you have to read the long walk and rage 🙂

    1. Some of those are on my TBR, cheers for dropping by 🙂

  2. Aw. The clip is no longer working. 😦 I adore Stephen King. If you need any recommendations I’d go with the Stand, IT and the Gunslinger series. 🙂

    1. Thanks, I need to read more of King’s books.
      I’ll see if I can find the clip again.

    2. Clip is back up, same one but a different title on it.
      No more dead link 🙂

      1. Yay! Thank you! That was great! 🙂

  3. Great. Thanks for sharing that, Lion.. needed a little inspiration today!

  4. LOVE Stephen King. His interview with Stephen Colbert is quite funny too.

    1. I’ll check that out. Just watched him on Craig Ferguson’s show.

  5. “On Writing” is great, Lion. It isn’t your run-of-the-mill how-to book; it’s informative, funny, and INTERESTING.
    SK has been my hero for years. I watched a documentary on his life a few years ago and learned how he struggled for years to become a published novelist. He inspires me to keep on trying.

    1. Yeah, On Writing is TBR and from what I have seen of him he resonates with me above and beyond all other popular authors.

  6. I only recently started reading Stephen King myself! (Currently reading Doctor Sleep). I wanted to see, in a way, what the hype was all about and man, I understand. I am so hooked on his book, his writing is intense and creepy and twisty and unpredictable.

    1. I haven’t read any of his horror yet and I’m really excited to do so, like you eager to see what the hype is about.
      I got Cell out the library yesterday but it’s not one of his horror works so I’ll probably do a swapsie and get something darker 🙂

      1. Lemme know how Cell is. I borrowed another book of his to read after I finish Doctor Sleep (because who goes into a library and leaves with only ONE book :p)

      2. People to be regarded with utmost suspicion 😉

  7. I recently started reading his books, too! My first was “The Shining” and it was so much better than I´d hoped for, I read “Docotr Sleep” right afterwards 🙂 “Pet cemetary” and “11.22.63” will be the next ones;) He really is amazing, and seems a very down-to-earth person no matter how famous he is.

    1. I really want to read The Shining.
      And yeah his output is incredible across all kinds of genres too.

      1. You definitely should read The Shining – it´s fantastic! 🙂 And so much better than the film;) (Although I kind of like Jack Nicholson;)

  8. You should totally check out “On Writing”, King’s fiction writing manual/autobiography. A very informative and entertaining book, with a ton of good advice.

    1. For sure, it’s TBR.
      I’m pretty wary of reading writing advice as so much of it repeats itself, but Stephen King knows his craft like few others so I’m excited to get it.

  9. I have always wanted to meet Stephen King! But they say never meet your idols because they’ll let you down… I don’t think I’d care.

    1. haha that’s true. He seems like a cool cat though.

  10. A great guy. Had a man crush on him for years. Funny too

    1. Yeah his humour is what really comes across in the video. Im not sure why it was unexpected, but all i’ve really seen of him is the odd news snippet.

  11. One of my favorite authors!

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