Monday, October 1, 2012

Inspiration Monday: October

It's another first Monday of the month, and it's time for another Inspiration Monday post.

I took a break over the past month, trying to get my MS ready for my CPs, and I had no time to really think about blogging, so I didn't plan anything for this post. The only things I could come up with fell more into the Schadenfreude/gloating category. Maybe I'll write about that some other time, but it's just not right for an inspiration post.

Then I thought about Stephen King. I've been thinking a lot about Mr. King lately. He's my favorite author, and I've always liked his novels and short stories. But I really didn't get him until I read On Writing. Up until then I was still under the impression that he pounded out Carrie, his first novel, in a week, sent it to the publisher and was rich and famous from there on out. Turns out, he worked on his writing for years, and at the time Carrie was published (after the manuscript was rescued by his wife from the garbage can), he was working as a high school English teacher, living in a trailer with no phone because the phone had been cut off, and worrying about paying for medicine for the baby. (note: I may be getting some of this wrong, it's been a couple of years since I read the book, and maybe different parts of this happened at different times, but it's all in there somewhere).

By the way, how awesome would it be to be able to say that Stephen King was your high school English teacher?

Anyway, Stephen King had to work hard to get where he is today. At some point he did hit the level where he could turn in 10000 blank pages with his name on the cover page, and it would be a best seller, but he takes his writing seriously, and he hasn't gotten lazy about it (looking at you Dean Koontz).  If he can do it, I can at least sell a single copy of something I write.

(don't get me started on Dean Koontz)

So, that's my rambling inspiration post. What inspires you?

One more thing: Goals for October.

  1. Get my MS off of my hard drive and into the CPs inboxes by the end of the week.
  2. Build up some Karma points over at Scribophile.
  3. Start writing something short.

8 comments:

  1. I know a little about Stephen King's story and I love watching his interviews on YouTube. He's just a funny, charming guy and his story goes to show that perseverance can pay off in a big way. If you don't keep on writing, you won't get published and that's a guarantee. But, if you stick to it, you never know what will happen. The door may open up for you someday.

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    1. He seems like a really cool person.

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  2. I saw a great interview with King on the Late Late show. It was very inspirational and informative to hear him talk about his writing. I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it. Here's the link to the show: King on Late Late Show

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    1. Oops, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUuatA_mZdg

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    2. That was a great video. Thanks for the link.

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  3. Congrats on setting a goal to get your MS out into the world! I have seen a dozen films that King wrote but have read none of his work. You have shown him to be very inspirational here. I must get a copy of his book on writing. Many people recommend it. Thanks for this post. Cheers!

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    1. On Writing really is a good book about writing. It gives very down to earth advice on what it takes to be a writer.

      If you've never read any of his books, you really should.

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  4. Stories about famous authors before they were famous is always a good choice for a Inspirational Monday post. This is one I hadn't heard I enjoyed it.

    Including goals at the end of a post is a good idea. I'll try that next time.

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