stephen king is the king of everything :')

Writers remember everything…especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.
Art consists of the persistence of memory.
—  Stephen King

anonymous asked:

Is there any way to make a plot twist in a way where it doesn't seem like it came out of nowhere? That's my biggest problem, people always tell me that my plot twists feel weird and unnatural.

Hi!

There definitely is – foreshadow. Drop subtle but clear hints about what’s coming all throughout the novel, so that when your readers look back it will be clear that those hints indicated your plot twist.

As an example, I’ll use The Shining by Stephen King (one of my favorite books ever). *SPOILER ALERT!*

Danny Torrance, the protagonist, is a five-year-old with telepathic powers. He has a visitor (his parents call it his imaginary friend, but it’s not) named Tony who sometimes shows him things: Tony once showed him where to find a trunk containing his father’s manuscripts; Tony also shows him horrible things happening in the hotel in which his family will be spending the winter (up in the mountains of Colorado, so they’ll be snowed in). After Danny has a semi-catatonic episode, his parents take him for a medical checkup, just to be sure of his health before they’re snowed in for three months.

The pediatrician, of course, speaks to Danny during/after his checkup, and acts somewhat as a psychiatrist; he then speaks to his parents about his diagnosis (which is nothing serious – only stress). His opinion on Tony is that he was created to deal with hard times (moving, and Danny’s parents considering divorce), and Danny no longer needs Tony, because the family is rebounding; however, Tony isn’t leaving easily, hence the nightmares Danny complains of, and the fainting spell he had. Then the pediatrician says to Mr. and Mrs. Torrance something along the lines of “And of course, you know why he’s named Tony and not Michael or Greg”, and during my first time reading, I didn’t understand what he meant. After the plot twist, it clicked.

Also, it is mentioned that Danny was born with a caul over his face, which superstition says signifies a child gifted with the second sight (in other words, the child will be able to see the future). At the time, this – and what it implies – seems like a secondary detail. Again, at the plot twist it is clear that it actually means more.

The plot twist occurs during Tony’s last visit, which takes place during the novel’s climax. During his last powow with Danny, he comes closer, into Danny’s field of vision – Danny has never seen Tony’s face before, so this is a significant event. Tony looks just like Danny, but older – still young, but maybe 11 instead of 5. Then, in the prose, Stephen King writes Danny’s full name, middle name included, which doesn’t happen at any other place in the novel: his full name is Daniel Anthony Torrance, or in other terms, Danny “Tony” Torrance. The conclusion drawn from this is that Tony is actually Danny from the future, and that Danny has both telepathy and second sight.

This plot twist grows roots throughout the book: how Danny never sees Tony’s face, how Danny was born with something said to promise the second sight, the psychiatrist’s comment on Tony’s name. Basically, Stephen King lays everything on the table without giving us the one detail everything stems from – if it was drawn as a chart, all these small details would surround one big box in the middle, and until the plot twist, that big box would be blank. After the plot twist, that box would be filled in with TONY IS AN OLDER VERSION OF DANNY AND DANNY HAS PRECOGNITIVE VISIONS. That’s what you need to do: lay everything out for the reader except the actual plot twist itself.

I hope this was helpful! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask! - @authors-haven

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I’ve read the long preview Chris allowed us to read ( it is a lot I can’t believe it!) And page after page I found again the writer that I love the most after Stephen King ( that like the King in the dark tower used a very powerful trick in tlos) totally giving me life with every words. The point is that Chris is able to give to his readers everything they need. To the young children, to the teenagers and even to us because some things are so blatant that you feel you wanna cry. His brain is something magical. He’s not perfect but it’s one of the people that really come close to me.

Thanks thanks thanks for Tlos Chris. I can’t wait to read the full book.

…Writers remember everything…especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.
Art consists of the persistence of memory.
—  Stephen King, Misery 

nickwilde57  asked:

Keep in mind that some amazing writers don't write everyday or love what they write. I saw a video with George R.R. Martin and Stephen King and George said that sometimes he had days when he hated everything he wrote and couldn't get anything done. Stephen King was the opposite. He wrote every single day. Either way, both are highly successful and skilled writers. Take a deep breath. You got this

Originally posted by audreylaine-nalley

I think my biggest issue is that I’ve only been able to write short stories and the idea of writing a novel when the world is already so packed with talent that I sometimes compare the sizes of the cracks between and wonder “will I fit?” is intimidating beyond all reprieve. 

But sometimes you just need to breathe. You’re right. 

I’ve been writing a lot of junk lately. But it’s writing- junk or not. So we’ll see where that takes me.

placesbetween  asked:

"I disagree with some of this. Mostly the adverbs stuff." OMG it made me so happy to read these tags because that is exactly how I was feeling. I was all, but I like adverbs, Stephen King. I like reading them and I like writing them. Adverbs to me are a point of preference, not a definitive yes or no in the rules of writing.

YES GEEZ I can’t stand the “no adverbs” way of thought…okay because first of all Mr King, you can’t say “don’t do this or that” and then say “write for yourself and stick to your style and don’t worry about grammar.” I mean, really?! But adverbs are a whole part of speech for a reason! Sure, you could “show” what happens instead of “telling” with an adverb, but describing everything all the time in order to avoid adverbs is exhausting, and can distract from the other writing.

The example used - “closed the door firmly” - so instead say, what? “He shut the door behind him, more forcibly than he normally would if he weren’t so upset” or whatever.

Sure, it gives more description but among dialogue that isn’t always necessary if the dialogue illuminates the feeling. Like: “"I don’t know why you’re doing this,” he said, closing the door behind him, firmly.“

I have a lot of feelings about this and most of it is due to preference, which is kind of shitty for this dude and other people to use just a general statement that something is Bad.

Also, a draft in three months? What the heck. I guess that’s possible if all you do is write for a living…

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“ You wouldn’t be going around talking about taking these stupid shop courses if I was. It’s like God gave you something man, all those stories you can make up. And He said, “this is what we got for ya kid, try not to lose it.” Kids lose everything unless there’s someone there to look out for them. And if your parents are too fucked up to do it, then maybe I should! ”

- Chris, to Gordie

Stand by Me (1986)

Dir: Rob Reiner

Based on: The Body by Stephen King

Proof my Father and I are related: We were talking about Stephen King at dinner and how much we love his characters and his writing and how he makes us feel to the point where we’re both practically shouting. He begins crying because he’s so overwhelmed with his love for these fictional characters.

anonymous asked:

hi maria! what are some of your favourite books of all time?

My favourites right now, off the top of my head, dear anon, are:
The Talisman - Stephen King, Peter Straub
The Dark Tower series, Different Seasons (pretty much everything short story related that this man has ever created) - Stephen King
Fight Club, Rant - Chuck Palahniuk

October BPC | Day 20 | Favorite Author

I’ve said it before: no favorite author here.  Authors I thoroughly enjoy, respect, and admire?  All over the place.

Who doesn’t like Stephen King?  Come on now.  I read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon when I was a wee preteen and it changed my life - in a manner of speaking.  

Book Featured: Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King

*the horror anthology is baaaaaaack*