Two Jumper Cables Walk into a Bar

Linked, is a video of Stephen King speaking to George Washington University about writing in general, it’s pretty lengthy, about an hour and a half long, but well worth it. It’s funny and entertaining and full of good advice for aspiring writers. During the lecture, he speaks about the inspirations for a few of his better known works.

One of the biggest things that I took from the lecture is that King, is a firm believer in following where the story leads. To him, you can’t force a story to go anywhere, it has to take you to wherever you end up. During his speech, he tells a story about how he came up with a story he called The Ladies’ Room while he was standing out in from of a women’s bathroom while he was waiting for his wife, and more and more women would go in, but none would come out. He said that while he was writing it, he felt that it was great, he had all types of plans for the story that included an airport and the national guard and all types of mystery and wonder but he never finished it because he didn’t feel like the story was taking him anywhere. He says “It was a great story…. I had about 80 or 90 pages going, but I couldn’t figure out what the fuck was going on in there.” The story wasn’t taking him anywhere, so instead of forcing it and writing something that would be up to his standards, he had to stop writing this story that he was enjoying.

I highly recommend watching this video:

After watching the video linked above and making this post, I found another video of Stephen King giving another lecture, this one is also really good and he talks about the process of him coming up with his book Mr. Mercedes, but in this, he’s pretty specific about how he came up with the idea and the thought process he had while he was coming up with it.


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