How does Stephen King start his books?

How does Stephen King start his books?

King like writing 10 pages every day. That equates to around 180,000 words over a three-month period. "The first draft of a book, even if it's a lengthy one," he argues, "should take no more than three months, the duration of a season." King feels that if you spend too much time on your piece, it will take on a weird alien vibe.

His process usually involves some creative exercise (like writing a scene without looking at the previous page) and then starting at the beginning of a new page. He doesn't outline or plot ahead, but rather lets the story tell him what next move to make. He says this can be good or bad, depending on how flexible you want the story to be.

After the first draft is done, he goes through it with a red pen, making changes as necessary. Then he sends it out to editors who can help fix any problems with grammar, punctuation, etc. They may also suggest changes for how the story flows or ideas for future books in the series. After they're done, he reads over their notes and makes any final adjustments before sending the book off to print.

While working on his first novel, Stephen King started each morning by writing for ten minutes without stopping.

How does Stephen King write so fast?

The truth is, there are books and then there are books. He indicated that he writes for three or four hours every day and aims to get a half dozen "pretty clean" pages done in that time. So, if the book is 360 pages long, that's around two months of work—assuming all goes well.

The way he produces those pages is by writing multiple versions of the same scene with different endings. Then he chooses the best one and discards the others.

This process sounds like a lot of hard work, but since most novels require about ten months to complete, it's actually quite efficient.

In addition to writing stories himself, he also reads several books at once. This allows him to bounce ideas off the characters, change things around, etc. Without this, some of his novels might take years to write instead of months.

Finally, he claims to use the KDP Select program to publish some of his works. I have no idea what that means but it probably has something to do with digital distribution.

So there you have it: an author who can write dozens of pages a day and still have time to eat, sleep, and exercise every now and then. That's how you achieve world-famous status with only three months vacation per year.

How successful was Stephen King?

King has published 63 books and almost 200 short stories, according to Wikipedia. Drawing on our personal experiences is a fantastic source, whether we write horror, young adult literature, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, thrillers, or Westerns. The more you write the better you get at describing scenes and characters. With enough effort you can write a book that will sell well.

His novels have sold over 350 million copies worldwide and include classics such as Carrie, The Shining, and It.

He has been named one of the greatest writers in history by many critics and authors, including John Grisham, who called him the "king of horror" and "the dean of American writers."

According to the website bookscouter.com, King's novels have sold more than 75 billion copies worldwide and he holds the record for most copies sold by an author during their lifetime.

After breaking his ankle while hiking in 1998, King took some time off from writing and went for walks around his house with a walker. He said this helped him clear his head and not think about work too much. He returned to writing in 1999 with a new perspective on what readers wanted.

He has been married to novelist Tabitha King since 1975.

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