The life of Stephen King.
When he was two and David four, Stephen’s father stepped out for cigarettes one night and did not return. They have never heard from him again.
In January of 1959, Steve and Dave decided to publish and circulate their own newspaper called ‘Dave’s Rag’. They created it using an old mimeograph in the basement of their home and sold it for .05 cents a copy.
In high school, he had a few short stories published in amateur presses and small run magazines. But it wasn’t until college that he made his first sale with a short story called ‘The Glass Floor’. He was paid $35.00.
Over the next few years he married, graduated from college, and began teaching. He continued to write wherever and whenever he could. The rejection slips piled up. In 1971, he began a short story about a high school girl named Carietta White. After a few pages he decided it sucked and tossed them in the trash. His wife, Tabitha, retrieved them and convinced him to finish the story. In 1973, it sold within two months of submission. The paperback rights went for $400,000.00. At the time, Steve’s yearly salary was $6400.00. He had two children and lived in a tiny apartment outside of Bangor.
Since then he has become one of the most beloved and popular horror writers in American History. But if you think that is all that he has written, you have never read/seen Shawshank Redemption, or The Green Mile. His talent is not bound by genre. He has battled alcoholism and cocaine addiction, and he barely remembers writing some of his more popular novels but he never stopped pursuing his dream.
King has been diagnosed with a condition called macular degeneration. The ultimate result is blindness. Before that final event, his direct line of vision will grow steadily weaker but he will keep his peripheral vision longer. His take on it: ‘That's the part I want to keep, as a man and as a writer, what I see out of the corners’.
Stephen King is the perfect example of persistence in the face of adversity. I cannot find a single thing about the man not to like or admire. His is the voice in my head when the writing is hard and the hour is late. I don’t believe there is a better role model for aspiring writers than this man…this legend.
He wrote "The Running Man", a 304-page novel, in only ten days.
After watching the first cut of Rob Reiner 's Stand by Me (1986), he was said to be crying and stated it was the closest adaptation to one of his novels he'd ever seen.
When asked, "How do you write?", he invariably answers, "One word at a time".