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A secret needs two faces to bounce between; a secret needs to see itself in another pair of eyes. Stephen King
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where the world ends is where you must begin Stephen King
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Readers have a loyalty that cannot be matched anywhere else in the creative arts, which explains why so many writers who have run out of gas can keep coasting anyway, propelled on to the bestseller lists by the magic words AUTHOR OF on the covers of their books. Stephen King
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Sometimes [...] real love is silent as well as blind. Stephen King
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We fool ourselves so much we could do it for a living. Stephen King
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Because things like this you can only ssay once. And you either get it wrong or right, it's the end either way, because it's too hard to ever try to say again. Stephen King
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He lay back, put his arm over his eyes, and tried to hold onto the anger, because the anger made him feel brave. A brave man could think. A coward couldn't. Stephen King
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Coincidences happen, but I've come to believe they are actually quite rare. Something is at work, okay? Somewhere in the universe (or behind it), a great machine is ticking and turning its fabulous gears. Stephen King
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I can see your dirtypillows. Stephen King
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It don't matter if you believe in God Nick, he believes in you. Stephen King
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But you don't do it. Because guys like us, Red, we know there's a third choice. An alternative to staying simon-pure or bathing in the filth and the slime. It's the alternative that grown-ups all over the world pick. You balance off your walk through the hog-wallow against what it gains you. You choose the lesser of two evils and try to keep your good intentions in front of you. And I guess you judge how well you're doing by how well you sleep at night... and what your dreams are like. Stephen King
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Be true, be brave, stand All the rest is darkness. Stephen King
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Waiting rooms were made for books-of course! But so are theater lobbies before the show, long and boring checkout lines, and everyone's favorite, the john. Stephen King
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The object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.... Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction. Stephen King
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Kindle, isn't it?" the waitress asked. "I got one for Christmas, and I love it. I'm reading my way through all of Jodi Picoult's books." "Oh, probably not all of them," Wesley said. "Huh? Why not?" "She's probably got another one done already. That's all I meant." "And James Patterson's probably written one since he got up this morning!" she said, and went off chortling. Stephen King
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Everyone needs a hobby, he said. And everyone needs a miracle or two, just to prove life is more than just one long trudge from the cradle to the grave. Stephen King
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Every religion lies. Every moral precept is a delusion. Even the stars are a mirage. The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin of the world and leaving a scar. That's all history is, after all: scar tissue. Stephen King
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Anyway, as the old barrelhouse song says, My God, how the money rolled in. Norton must have subscribed to the old Puritan notion that the best way to figure out which folks God favours is by checking their bank acounts. Stephen King
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I felt lonely and content at the same time. I believe that is a rare kind of happiness. Stephen King
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I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven. Stephen King
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At its most basic we are discussing a learned skill (writing), but do we not agree that sometimes the most basic skills can create things far beyond our expectations? We are talking about tools and carpentry, about words and style... but as we move along, you'd do well to remember that we are also talking about magic. Stephen King
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Talent renders the whole idea of rehearsal meaningless; when you find something at which you are talented, you do it (whatever it is) until your fingers bleed or your eyes are ready to fall out of your head. Even when no one is listening (or reading or watching), every outing is a bravura performance, because you as the creator are happy. Perhaps even ecstatic. Stephen King
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Reading in bed can be heaven, assuming you can get just the right amount of light on the page and aren't prone to spilling your coffee or cognac on the sheets. Stephen King
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You might question a winkle - a feeling that came to you right out of the blue - but you didn't question knowing. Stephen King
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She didn't see him at first. She was watching the dancers. Her color was high, and there were deep dimples at the corners of her mouth. She looked nine miles out of place, but he had never loved her more. This was Willa on the edge of a smile. Stephen King
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And as a writer, one of the things that I've always been interested in doing is actually invading your comfort space. Because that's what we're supposed to do. Get under your skin, and make you react. Stephen King
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Your hair is winter fire January embers My heart burns there, too. Stephen King
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The scariest moment is always just before you start. Stephen King
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you can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will. Stephen King
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She felt like someone who drowns remembering what it was like to still be on the boat, so calm and at ease, so carelessly safe Stephen King
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High school isn't a very important place. When you're going you think it's a big deal, but when it's over nobody really thinks it was great unless they're beered up. Stephen King
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Come on back and we'll see if you remember the simplest thing of all - how it is to be children, secure in belief and thus afraid of the dark. Stephen King
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Cut him. Cut him while I stand here and watch. I want to see the blood flow. Don't make me tell you twice. Stephen King
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Art is the concrete artifact of faith and expectation, the realization of a world that would otherwise be little more than a veil of pointless consciousness stretched over a gulf of mystery. Stephen King
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If I have to spend time in purgatory before going to one place or the other, I guess I'll be all right as long as there's a lending library. Stephen King
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When I was a kid I believed everything I was told, everything I read, and every dispatch sent out by my own overheated imagination. This made for more than a few sleepless nights, but it also filled the world I lived in with colors and textures I would not have traded for a lifetime of restful nights. Stephen King
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I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12 - Jesus, did you? Stephen King
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Schizoid behavior is a pretty common thing in children. It's accepted, because all we adults have this unspoken agreement that children are lunatics. Stephen King
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I'm a slow reader, but I usually get through seventy or eighty books a year, most fiction. I don't read in order to study the craft; I read because I like to read Stephen King
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I'm convinced that FEAR is at the root, of all bad writing Stephen King
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In the year 2025, the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives. . . . Stephen King
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and the rain went rollin down the windowpanes, and the shadows wiggled n' squiggled on her check and forehead like black veins. Stephen King
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I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye. I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind. I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father. I kill with my heart. Stephen King
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I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud. Stephen King
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When it comes to rock music, I'm not much of a player, but I do have entry-level chops. I'm more knowledgeable as a listener, and Revival gave me a way to write about rock and roll without being preachy or boring. Stephen King
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I write in the mornings, in the bright daylight. But I get most of my good ideas after the sun has gone down and the dark is on the land. Stephen King
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I like to end stories where the readers have a little room to run. They can resolve things as they like in their own mind. Stephen King
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Fantasy has a better chance of lasting than a lot of other things. The Hobbit and the Narnia books, they seem to get handed down father to son, mother to daughter. Because they're set in a fantasy world, they can remain relevant. Stephen King
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Afterward Larry felt as if he had been through a long pillow-fight in which all the pillows had been treated with a low-grade poison gas. Stephen King
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He felt as if Stillson might have taken the game of the Laughing Tiger a step further: inside the beast-skin, a man, yes. But inside the man-skin, a beast. Stephen King
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Do you know how cruel your God can be, David. How fantastically cruel?...Sometimes he makes us live. Stephen King
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Your name is John Coffey. Yes, sir, boss, like the drink only not spelled the same way. Stephen King
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Do' go beyond, no matter how much you feel you need to, Doctor. The barrier was not made to be broken. Remember this: there is more power here than you know. It is old and always restless. Remember. Stephen King
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I'm convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing. Dumbo got airborne with the help of a magic feather; you may feel the urge to grasp a passive verb or one of those nasty adverbs for the same reason. Just remember before you do that Dumbo didn't need the feather; the magic was in him. Stephen King
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No writer, painter, or actor - no artist - is ever handed a sharp knife (although a few people are handed almighty big ones; the name we give to the artist with the big knife is 'genius'), and we hone with varying degrees of zeal and aptitude. Stephen King
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The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance ... or change. Once such incantatory phrases as "we see now through a glass darkly" and "mysterious are the ways". He chooses His wonders to perform" are mastered, logic can be happily tossed out the window". Religious mania is one of the few infallible ways of responding to the world's vagaries, because it totally eliminates pure accident. To the true religious maniac, it's all on purpose. Stephen King
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When people begin to lose hope, there's bound to be explosions. Stephen King
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Let's talk, you and I. Let's talk about fear. The house is empty as I write this; a cold February rain is falling outside. It's night. Sometimes when the wind blows the way it's blowing now, we lose the power. But for now it's on, and so let's talk very honestly about fear. Let's talk very rationally about moving to the rim of madnessand perhaps over the edge. Stephen King
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There should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with. If there's a window, draw the curtains or pull down the shades unless it looks out at a blank wall. Stephen King
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...for the first time in my life, writing was hard. The problem was the teaching...by most Friday afternoons I felt as if I'd spent the week with jumper cables clamped to my brain. Stephen King
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The one thing about kids is that you never really know exactly what they're thinking or how they're seeing. After writing about kids, which is a little bit like putting the experience under a magnifying glass, you realize you have no idea how you thought as a kid. I've come to the conclusion that most of the things that we remember about our childhood are lies. We all have memories that stand out from when we were kids, but they're really just snapshots. You can't remember how you reacted because your whole head is different when you stand aside. Stephen King
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We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why. Stephen King
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Language does not always have to wear a tie and lace-up shoes. The object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story... To make him/her forget, whenever possible, that he/she is reading a story at all. Stephen King
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The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them. Stephen King
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He did it (listened) as the world's most charming and magnetic people do, always asking the right question at the right time, never fidgeting or taking his eyes from the speaker's face, making the other guy feel like the most knowledgeable, brilliant, and intellectually savvy person on the planet. Stephen King
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Maybe there's a whole other universe where a square moon rises in the sky, and the stars laugh in cold voices, and some of the triangles have four sides, and some have five, and some have five raised to the fifth power of sides. In this universe there might grow roses which sing. Everything leads to everything. Stephen King
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Men! She could not understand why so many women feared them. Hadn't the gods made them with the most vurnerable part of their guts hanging right out of their bodies, like a misplaced bit of bowel? Kick them there and they curled up like snails. Caress them there and their brains melted. Stephen King
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The tears that heal are also the tears that scald and scourge. Stephen King
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Time continued to pass - the oldest trick in the world, and maybe the only one that really is magic. Stephen King
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Death, but not for you, gunslinger. Never for you. You darkle. You tinct. May I be brutally frank? You go on. Stephen King
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