What we often think of as “good writing” is merely effectively communicating a clear message to a particular audience.
For several years he struggled to support his young family by washing motel linens at a laundry, teaching high-school English, and occasionally selling short stories to men’s magazines.
Then, in 1973, he sold his novel , which quickly became a best seller.
Since then, King has sold over three hundred million books.
In addition to forty-three novels, King has written eight collections of short stories, eleven screenplays, and two books on the craft of writing, and he is a co-author with Stewart O’Nan of , a day-by-day account of the Red Sox’s 2004 championship season.
I can remember being home from school with tonsillitis and writing stories in bed to pass the time. Whoa, the size of the place, and the forest fire in the movie—it made a big impression.
So when I started to write, I had a tendency to write in images because that was all I knew at the time.
Virtually all of his novels and most of his short stories have been adapted for film or television.
Although he was dismissed by critics for much of his career—one review called King “a writer of fairly engaging and preposterous claptrap”—his writing has received greater recognition in recent years, and in 2003 he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.
King’s first published story, “I Was a Teenage Grave Robber,” appeared in 1965 in a fan magazine called .
Around that time he received a scholarship to attend the University of Maine in Orono, where he met his wife, Tabitha, a novelist with whom he has three children and to whom he is still married.