Love him or hate him there is no denying that Stephen King is a prolific author with over 50 published novels to his credit, which have sold in excess of 300 million copies. He has been labelled a master of horror and his books have been adapted into countless movies and television shows. I grew up reading every Stephen King novel I could get my hands on at our small little local library and his books firmly established my love of the scare.
I, like many others aspire to write and publish my own novel and when an author as famous and as successful as this writes a book about writing (his book On Writing is a must read for any Stephen King fan or creative writers) then you should read it. When he talks about his successes as an author, how he achieved them and how he writes…I find it best to listen and take notes.
For many readers the topic of Stephen King is a divided one. I am firmly in the camp that love his writing and enjoy his books for the scare factor, creativity and character development. His Dark Tower series is a wonderful set of interconnected novels that bring the old west, technology and parallel universes into a smart and intricately woven tale that keeps you reading at a breakneck pace. There are others that dislike his writing style and are critical of his writing. I for one think that whether you are a Stephen King fan or detractor, when a man as successful as he is in the field you wish to be in talks, you should listen and in the video above Evan Carmichael has went through countless hours of talks and interviews given by Stephen King and compile a list of rules and tips given out by the horror master on achieving writing success.
Some of the tips may be self-evident to established writers but many of them will be fresh and applicable to most writers looking to create strong writing habits and achieve their own versions of success.
What is your favorite Stephen King novel? Are you looking forward to the upcoming film adaptations of The Gunslinger and IT? Let us know in the comments below.