On Sunday February 19, 2012, at Trustees Theater in Savannah Georgia, a sold out crowd came to see a king.
Stephen King that is.
Stephen was the headliner for the closing ceremony of the Savannah book festival. Many of us ticket holders, waited outside in the balmy weather for three hours hoping to get a good seat.
I wrote about looking forward to seeing Stephen King in a post called “Author rock stars.”
After his introduction and following a hearty applause, Stephen sauntered on stage. I sat eleven rows from the stage. As many of you may know, Stephen is six foot four. He’s sixty five, wears his short straight gray hair parted on the side and he wears glasses. On this particular day he wore faded jeans and dark t shirt. He began speaking as though in the middle of a conversation.
For the next few moments, he wove a story, which contained several statistics. Then he stopped.
A grin crept on his face.
He said, “That was all made up.”
The audience laughed.
Then he continued, “This is what I do. I spin bullshit into gold.”
Yes. He sure does. Pure gold.
Throughout the next forty minutes, he told poignant and often humorous stories of the early days as a struggling writer. Stephen mentioned that writers need to observe people when they don’t know you’re doing it. He said that when it comes to his writing, he is a seat of the pants kind of guy. He likes to see how the book develops on its own. Stephen emphasized that for him, writing is more like dictation than creation. His characters take over and he just writes down what they are saying and doing.
It’s Your Turn WG2E-Land: How about you, are you a seat of the pants writer? Or do you use outlines?
The Best of Spinning Bullshit Into Gold – Lois Lavrisa