I appreciate Stephen King. He is capable of thorough, well-crafted writing (Carrie, Dolores Claiborne, Misery) and he certainly knows how to create page-turners. That he deals with the supernatural so often is also a boon (to me). And he lives almost as close to Canada as anyone can. He has been at the trade a long, long time. I will take it as a given that his advice and comments are sound.
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By Jason Boog
Novelist Stephen King spent an hour answering questions from writing students faculty and visitors in at UMass Lowell recently. One of his best answers focused on the art of screenplay writing.
We’ve embedded the complete video above (scriptwriting advice at the 17:00 mark), an inspiring and useful collection of advice from the master novelist. We’ve transcribed his thoughts about movie writing below, getting a glimpse into King’s early writing career.
Here’s an excerpt: “I had been writing novels full time for a year and a half, and I said to myself, ‘I want to learn how to write movies. I want to try, anyway.’ So I got a book about writing screenplays and I read it. It was bulls***. But at the end, it had a sample screenplay from The Twilight Zone that showed me what the form was.