Happy Birthday, Stephen King
King, born 21 September 1947, is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies.
A basement kind of guy
There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement kind of guy.
You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt labor, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you.
He may not be much to look at, that muse-guy, and he may not be much of a conversationalist, but he’s got inspiration. It’s right that you should do all the work and burn all the mid-night oil, because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic. There’s stuff in there that can change your life.
~Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
by Amanda Patterson
From Writers Write