Stephen King: “Never forget, we sell fun.”

May 28, 2013 § 1 Comment

Parade magazine published a “rare” interview with Stephen King over the weekend. There’s not a lot about writing in it, but there is some:

I’m a situational writer. You give me a situation, like a writer gets in a car crash, breaks his leg, is kidnapped by his number-one fan, and is kept in a cabin and forced to write a book—everything else springs from there. You really don’t have to work once you’ve had the idea. All you have to do is kind of take dictation from something inside.

And:

The major job is still to entertain people. Joyland really took off for me when the old guy who owns the place says, “Never forget, we sell fun.” That’s what we’re supposed to do—writers, filmmakers, all of us. That’s why they let us stay in the playground.

Check out the entire interview when you get a chance. Because you know that Stevie King — he’s wicked smart.

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