Across the literary world, there are few names more famous than Stephen King’s. King is known for his erratic imaginative stories. However, King has a fairly stable writing routine. The interesting thing about King as a writer is that he believes in allowing the story to go in whatever direction it pleases, however he adheres to a stringent working environment.
The following excerpt is from King’s memoir titled On Writing.
“There are certain things I do if I sit down to write,” King writes. “I have a glass of water or a cup of tea. There’s a certain time I sit down, from 8:00 to 8:30, somewhere within that half hour every morning,” he explained.
King takes his vitamins, sits in the same chair, and keeps his papers arranged in all the same places. According to King, the ultimate purpose in establishing such a consistent environment is to train his mind. King writes that, “…doing these things the same way every day seems to be a way of saying to the mind, you’re going to be dreaming soon.”
King strives to write 10 pages every day, even on holidays. He encourages writers to be fearless in their writing but to also avoid carelessness.
As King writes, “You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair–the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart… but you must not come lightly to the blank page.”