Skilled storytellers know how to lure readers into the action. They capture our attention with exciting action, colorful detail, intriguing dialogue, and perhaps spellbinding suspense.
Take award-winning American author Stephen King (1947 - ), for example. King has penned dozens of well-known fantasy, horror, and science fiction titles. His most famous works include Carrie, Children of the Corn, Christine, Descendants, Dolores Claiborne, It, Misery, Pet Sematary, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Salem's Lot, The Dark Tower, The Dead Zone, The Green Mile, The Shining, and The Stand.
Many of these have become popular motion pictures as well.
King, who also wrote On Writing, said this about story development:
“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”
It's not enough just to be creepy. A prized story must be creative and well-crafted as well.
Adept wordsmithing is ingenious and inspiring, no matter what genre it represents, in large part because of the imaginative gift it displays and the effort it reveals. Here’s another Stephen King quote, affirming this idea.
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
Looking at his large body of popular published stories, it’s easy to believe that King spoke from personal experience.
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