Tag: Stephen King

The Indie Writer’s Corner Episode 2


The Indie Writer’s Corner Episode 2
When I started to see writing as having the potential to generate income, my whole attitude towards writing changed. I learned that I would have to take it more seriously. Somewhere along the line it started to dawn on me that writing is an art form in which I would need to learn the craft.
To learn the craft takes both time and a lot of study. Most people cannot become successful writers without learning the trade and studying the techniques and strategies of the writing process.
When I first started writing a few years ago I just assumed that because I read a lot, I would intuitively know how to write fiction. This turned out to be only partially true. To become good at writing one must read a lot and write a lot. This is what Stephen King says in his book, On Writing. I don’t think that anyone can argue with Mr. King’s commercial success although a few of the unenlightened have questioned his artistic abilities. Personally, I have enjoyed reading Stephen King’s work for decades. I used to read his novels, novellas and short stories for pure entertainment. Now I am re-reading many of Stephen King’s novels with the goal of trying to figure out how he writes so well. There is real value in this approach but the aspiring writing must use other strategies beside this one.
By the way, I’ve come to hate the term aspiring writer. If you write either fiction or non-fiction on a regular basis start calling yourself a writer even if you haven’t published anything or made any money yet. We shall meet again for episode 3 of The Indie Writer’s Corner. If you like to comment on this blog or share some of your own insights on indie writing please email your comments to kendavid stewart7@gmail.com. I would like to see this blog turn into an interactive forum for indie writers.
Keep on writing,
Ken David Stewart
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The Writing Process Part Six


The Writing Process Part Six
This blog is written in an almost stream of consciousness mode. It is like a journalized collection of my thoughts on the topic of writing.
When I began writing several years ago I just dove in head first not really have a clue on what I was doing. I simply wrote for the fun of it. About a year later I began to think that I should take a serious shot at being a writer.
Not really having any knowledge or formal training in writing fiction, I decided that I would start reading works by authors whose I enjoyed reading. I started by reading several novels and collections of short stories by Stephen King. My goal was to try to learn how Mr. King went about writing. I found that I learned quite a bit by trying to pick out and analyze Stephen King’s writing techniques.
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Revised Edition of The Lake Demon Chapter Nineteen


Chapter19:
Lionel gave all Edith’s belongings to her sister and found a nice, quiet apartment block a short distance from the university. On many days the professor would not even take the bus. He would walk to work if it was not raining out. He rented a two bedroom apartment mostly because he had accumulated lots of stuff over the years. What he liked most about his new apartment was the hardwood floors and the rather old fashioned, historical feel of the place. Many of the things that Lionel owned blended in well with the general ambiance of the apartment.
Lionel loved music. He grew up listening to the early recordings of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Eventually he came to prefer The Rolling Stones especially their early albums, Aftermath, Out of Our Heads and December’s Children. Lionel especially liked the exotic, eclectic flavor that Brian Jones brought to these recordings.
When he was in grade eleven Lionel discovered the music of Led Zeppelin. He listened to Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin III and Led Zeppelin IV until he almost wore out these records. There were other artists that Lionel was also a fan of such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Guess Who. Now that he was in his sixties Lionel found that he really enjoyed the heavy metal, straight ahead rock and roll music of Motorhead. The professor had spent a lot of time finding space in his new apartment and eventually organizing his vast collection of LPs, CDs and cassette tapes. Lionel even found a few old eight tracks in his collection.
The professor had to use a good portion of his second bedroom for his bookcases and boxes and stacks of books. Lionel had enjoyed reading books by Stephen King since his own days as a university student. His favorite works included The Dark Half , The Tommy Knockers and a collection of King’s short stories called Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Recently Lionel had read and enjoyed one of Stephen King’s new releases called 22-11-63. This novel centered around the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Lionel was very grateful for all the book cases that his son had built for him. Eric was a carpenter and possessed many skills that Lionel lacked.
The other author that Lionel loved was J.R.R. Tolkien. He had read The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings several times and also owned the DVD trilogy pack of Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
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Episode 18 of The Lake Demon by Ken David Stewart


Lionel loved music. He grew up listening to the early recordings of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Eventually he came to prefer The Rolling Stones especially their early albums, Aftermath, Out of Our Heads and December’s Children. Lionel especially liked the exotic, eclectic flavor that Brian Jones brought to these recordings.

When he was in grade eleven Lionel discovered the music of Led Zeppelin. He listened to Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin III and Led Zeppelin IV until he almost wore out these records. There were other artists that Lionel was also a fan of such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Guess Who. Now that he was in his sixties Lionel found that he really enjoyed the heavy metal, straight ahead rock and roll music of Motorhead. The professor had spent a lot of time finding space in his new apartment and eventually organizing his vast collection of LPs, CDs and cassette tapes. Lionel even found a few old eight tracks in his collection.

The professor had to use a good portion of his second bedroom for his bookcases and boxes and stacks of books. Lionel had enjoyed reading books by Stephen King since his own days as a university student. His favorite works included The Dark Half , The Tommy Knockers and a collection of King’s short stories called Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Recently Lionel had read and enjoyed one of Stephen King’s new releases called 22-11-63. This novel centered around the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Lionel was very grateful for all the book cases that his son had built for him. Eric was a carpenter and possessed many skills that Lionel lacked.

The other author that Lionel loved was J.R.R. Tolkien. He had read The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings several times and also owned the DVD trilogy pack of Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Cover Up Novel by Ken David Stewart Part 43


Next Scene:
Lisa Harrison started to address her creative writing class.

“The next thing that I want to find out about is your tastes in reading material. The love of reading and books and the love of writing usually go hand in hand. Mr. Stephens, would you mind getting tonight’s discussion started by introducing yourself to the group and telling us about your reading habits?” asked Lisa Harrison.

“No problem. Hi people. My name is Drake Stephens and I’m a rehabilitation worker at The House of Hope. I started reading when I was just a young kid. I still remember walking to the local drugstore to buy those Classic Illustrated comic books. They would have condensed versions of classic literature such as Treasure Island.”

Yeah, I remember those,” said Bill James. Those comics were cool. I loved the art work in them. They smelled good too.”

When Bill said this, several class participants started to laugh and one yelled out. “He’s right. The smell of the books is one of the great pleasures of reading them.”

“Okay, Mr. Stephens, what kinds of books do you read now? Who are your favorite authors?” asked Lisa Harrison attempting to get the discussion back on track.

“Well, I’d have to say, Stephen King, for one,” answered Drake.

“And what do you like about Stephen King’s writing?” asked the facilitator.

“ His books scare the crap out of me!” offered an elderly lady sitting near the back of the room. She was nibbling on a cheese sandwich that she brought from home.
“Surprisingly enough, it’s not the spooky stuff that draws me to Stephen King’s books,” said Drake sitting back in his chair and putting his hands behind his head.

“I know what you mean, Drake. I like the way Stephen King characterizes every day ordinary people,” said Bill James.

“You’re right Bill and I like the way King makes his characters seem so real. After awhile you feel like you know them in real life,” said Drake.

“Well, class, I think that Drake and Bill have made a significant point, the importance of creating believable characters,” said Lisa Harrison.

The Writing Process (Part Two)


The Writing Process Part Two

As I am writing this post I am still recovering from a tooth extraction I had done earlier this week. My mouth still feels weird and my stomach is starting to feel queasy again. This could be due to the penicillin I am taking. My extracted tooth was abscessed so my dentist gave me the prescription for the antibiotic. That’s the great thing about writing. You can still write when you aren’t feeling that great.

I’m still a novice at writing fiction but I have discovered some things already. Recently I have been getting up with the cows and the roosters to do most of my writing. The house is quiet and peaceful in the early hours of the morning and I find this very conducive to getting some productive writing done. Stephen King has written that If you have a regular consistent writing schedule, the Muse will quickly find this out and will join you during these writing sessions. So far I have found this to be true. There are days though, when I don’t feel like writing at all. I have found it helpful to listen to Stephen King’s audio book, On Writing as soon as I get out of bed. I have found On Writing to be very practical and inspirational as a writing tool. After about fifteen to twenty minutes of listening to this audio book I am ready to write.   

On Reading (Part Two)


On Reading (Part Two)

The next time that I recall reading books that were not on the required school curriculum was in grade ten. I had difficulty adjusting to high school. I especially struggled with the math and science courses. During this time I was also very involved with playing hockey and this ate into my study time. The fact was that in grade ten I pretty much felt like a fish out of water. I often didn’t have my math homework done because I didn’t understand algebra. Mind you, I could have asked my teacher for extra help but I didn’t avail myself of this service until grade twelve. As a consequence for not having my math home work done my math teacher would ask me to leave the room for the duration of math class.

As I didn’t particularly fancy standing outside the door and staring at the cement walls I would go to the school library. I liked it in the library because it was quiet and peaceful. To pass the time I would browse the book catalog. From just walking up and down the aisles of the library I would often find books that caught my attention. I recall picking out books about Jack the Ripper and an anthology of the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. It is likely not a coincidence that when I became an adult I was drawn to books by Stephen King. I recall that I was very much a loner during my high school years and still am today. The escape to imaginary worlds offered by books helped me cope with my teenage loneliness and angst.