You don’t have to love reading about the supernatural, horror, fantasy, suspense and/or science fiction to love the work of Stephen King. His work encompasses so much of the human condition of Everyman to make his writings accessible to all sentient readers. For writers, I don’t have to tell about his inestimably great book of writerly advice in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. You probably already own a dog-eared copy.
You can empathize with the desperate revenge of a teen who has been bullied (Carrie), or an imprisoned man, wrongly accused, who nevertheless feels guilty but perseveres to find his freedom (The Shawshank Redemption). It is the tongue-in-cheek horror of a writer who loses his writerly mojo in The Shining that appeals to me in this self-induced pressure cooker of a writing month – the pressure arriving via the simultaneously run National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), both of which I have embraced.
Spoiler alert. I’ll be linking to the movie’s revelation of horror, so, if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book and live for the shock of what gets revealed, bookmark this page, stop reading, and come back soon. For the rest of us, here is one of my favorite clips:
OK, one more thing. In the NaNoWriMo portion of this month, participants are supposed to write uncritically. Still, I can’t help looking at the movie’s typed sentence, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” without reaching for a red pencil to make the edit, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.“