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13 May Creative writing lessons: Creative Writing tips, advice and lessons from bestseller Stephen King



Creative writing lessons: Creative Writing tips, advice and lessons from bestseller Stephen King

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This video is a montage of advice, tips and lessons from Stephen King, one of my favourite writers. He’s a bestselling author and a true talent in horror, and more recently, crime, science fiction and literary fiction.

Stephen King talks here about character, plot, notebooks, ideas, process and all sorts of things. He gives some brilliant advice that is perhaps slightly different to what you might hear elsewhere.

I put this together to help people with their creative writing, to inspire different ways of planning, development. drafting and editing. Also for inspiration and to give us all something to aspire to. This is perfect for beginners to creative writing, those looking for help via lessons or lectures.

So sit back and listen to the wonderful, refreshing and amazing Stephen King.

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49 Comments
  • JMB Pro
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    This makes me think I'm doing the right thing, as I've been brainstorming ideas for years

  • Zeon
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    this dude write so much he has a hunch back… his advice must be good.

  • Vio Vio
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    sometimes its work out, but its doesnt work out the way you think its going to work out

    -Stephen King

  • Shervin M.-
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Thank you for this upload.

  • Rob Peters
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Congratulations Stephen King.

  • PapaGeorg10
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Its true. People care about dogs more than people. They will walk right by a homeless person but help a stray dog

  • Víctor Sánchez Ramírez
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Fuck you Steven, you just spoiled Cujo for me. Son of a gun! – Spoiler at 6:43

  • Deric Lane
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I am so happy to be from Bangor, Maine. This man has done so much for the community.

  • SShurricane96
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I mean this in the nicest way possible. He looks like a who.

  • william thompson
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I love learning about Jesus by listening to children’s stories , because it is never an intellectual exercise but a children’s joy project of painting all the lovely stories in my heart and soul. No matter what your beliefs I feell this level o understanding mostly effects your inner self like you are a child. Adults with our often deeply troubled minds that children don’t have as much as much look at the world as a fun place of excitement. They just keep their feelings simple and enjoy them not despise them as stupid like us truly intelligent but in many ways stupid adults.

  • william thompson
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I have bipolar and I have a lot of limitations not only in mood , paranoid views that I can only intellectually view as bizarre , but none the less real st an emotional level.

    Few can write well. I have an unbelievable quest for any knowledge, so I can draw on this as my rough idea for a story. Then write and edit at least 3 times. I am never totally satisfied.

    Your paper must flow like a river , if you can not learn on your own logical transitions of ideas that make sense then work on this first then write.

    Write on an eighth grade reading level and your reader will love you. This is the most enjoyable reading and perfectly ok. Although I have a great vocabulary I never use it out of respect for my reader. There is no perfect adjectives or adverbs so why try, jut make your descriptions interesting and fun.

    If you lack imagination learn this. The greats of the world in all fields have great imaginations . Learn it . Daydreaming is a true joy. Picture yourself flying or traveling on the end of a light beam like Albert Einstein. One of the great joys for me is flying over my neighborhood.

    You will never convince another of your ideas, so why try? Just gently nudge others for fun, they will love you and save your ego. If you want to convince people trump is great then think of small things people miss in their haste to judge. I have no public opinion I will state in this.

    Just like I don’t have natural talent to be a painter you probably don’t have a gift at writing. Ok stop trying to impress others with your ideas and just express them for the sheer joy of painting words in your readers mind beautiful pictures in peoples minds like they are an open canvas..

    Above all you can violate al these rules but if you are interesting than you are ok. Don’t write if you can only only express your boring life, with no joy or imagination on your paper.

    Stephen King starts with a general story and creates a story that he lives first. Then all else is details on the most interesting way to tell it. It really is that simple. Keep in balance, focus and imagination of incredible joy only can help.

    With my talents could I be another Stephen King , yes. But I don’t want too his way of telling a story is his and I Would hate telling his story , because I am not him.

    I have never read his books. But one book that changed me is “ endless enemies “ your view point of us and our wars will radically change your view of our arrogance if trying to mold the world in our AMERICAN image. Questioning makes a great writer.

  • shan1234 craig
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    If I go to sleep with a story's in my, sometimes I'll dream about it..

  • Anton Deckman
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I love Stephen King, and I can't help but think about how much he looks like my aunt Doris

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  • 1991ClarkJames
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    He sounds like Trump lol

  • Back Bay Man52
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Useful advice from the master 😉

  • V1ctor
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    He is a very sick individual for these negativities to be flowing in his mind.. Frankly there are much better writers

  • TheMisakiDubs
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I could listen to Stephen King talk for hours. I write in the same method as he does with defining your characters and a spark of an idea and seeing where they take me rather than trying to formulate a plot. It's much more exciting and liberating to write in that way, because the writer themselves has no idea what's coming next, and this leads to some very interesting situations and overall story telling.

  • thetruegoldenpanda
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    First time seeing Steven kinv and he looks like he would be on a news paper saying this man killed his dog mother child and wife

  • Sunil Poojary
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Atleast someone has copied Steve jobs iconic look 🤣😂😂🤣

  • apex2000
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Yep dogs trump children.

  • cynthia g
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Anyone that associates with a person that HITS a dog with a wrench is evil and sick. I just lost respect for Stephen King. Didn't have much respect in the first place. Doesn't have much of an imagination. Just takes century old ideas for his books, nothing original.

  • Alan Braswell
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    In his book; On Writing, he mentions that he doesn't remember writing Cujo

  • dfx dfx
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Not a great taste in clothes, but the man can definitely write.

  • Nathan Crossen
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I have been struggling to develop a story idea and that first bit just lifted the weight from my stomach.

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  • Douglas Jones
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    This is great.
    Thank you!

  • Brooke T
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Ok no offense Steven, I'm sure you're like the best writer ever, but by default I hate your books because I despise anything horror in the world.
    But thank you so much for the quality advice. A good use of 7 minutes of my life.

  • Renee Hurt
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    i must say thank you Mr. king for Christine. I feel it is your masterpiece. Dennis wanted to save his best friend, arnie what a premise

  • Levy Ube
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I think its all on you. Everyone has their own taste, hopes and dreams that tangled to ur conscious and subconscious. In writing its where ur aspirations transpire to life.

    Its not about how to write but how you write it.

  • Silas Smith
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I like this guy. He thinks like I do.

  • Rich Kuhn Sr
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I NEED HELP >>> writing my Life Story, I have a disability that hinders me.

    " PTSD from Police Brutality has changed my life"
    " 911 Live or Die"
    " A life of Hell in a 28-year cocaine addition "
    " Yes, Jesus Saves Lives Today!"
    " Out of body Experience Changed my life"
    " AA, NA, CR which way will you choose?"
    any info appreciated!

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    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

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  • OregonHerbalist
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    Ugly rat face Jew! Look at this creatures face, what the fuck is It! 🤡A freak piece of shit. This creature is a Transexual🤮 monster!

  • jaa a
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    since im a writer by myself too, lately ive been watching a lot of stephen kings interviews. i gotta say that hes such an amazing speaker, and he makes everything he says meaninful. this guy is a fucking genius, for real. big respect.

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  • Aryan Truth
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    My guess is that King has found the magic definition of sycophancy Sicko's fancy.
    A sure money maker. The best audiences never realise how idiotic they are until they recall the monologue later while driving home from work. And then rear end the stopped car in front to drive the point home.

  • Aryan Truth
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    As I recall from my own childhood, the bulk became "life" polarized and strove to become validated by the herd while others like me became "death" polarized and wanted very badly to be known as such. Yes, definitely borderline schizoid and prone to such delights as night terrors erstwhile having my head filled with visions of hell vis a vi the herds most prolific terrorists. Television, church and my three evil older sisters.

  • Justin Don
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    A good idea sticks around

  • Domingo
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    THANKS for no fucking spoiler warning about the shining!

  • Shanacea Hankins
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    This is for Stephen King. I love you so much your my idle, I am right now 13 years old I am writing a lot of stories my dad and my grandma encourages me to write better and greater. I edmire you and cherish you so much!!!!! I really wish I could met you in person and shake your hand and show you all of my stories I have wrote there’s one about you! I also write poems

  • Jules Oishi
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    little bits of grit makes a pearl

  • Shriviyas R.
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    stand up comedian.

  • Edgar Bleikur
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    In 1973 "The Midwich Cuckoos", written in 1957 by the English authorJohn Wyndham was 16 years in print… So he read that book and "wrote notes"? Not sure if he's admonishing keeping a note book or…

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  • The Write of Life and Creativity
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    the little silver book

  • Im ok! AK Davis
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    “I’m interested in the characters and following it where it goes” love him

  • Artsy Fartsy
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    I usually figure out the plot points, but I never go into details. Those I let unfold on their own along with subplots.

  • Avri Nunley
    Posted at 00:46h, 13 May

    He looks like a who from whoville

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