In any case, he is a tireless storyteller. One tale in this collection was written during a few hours’ lag time in a hotel room in Australia, just because he had time to kill. Mr. King’s introduction explains that his new surge of short-story writing was prompted by the job of editing the 2006 volume in the Best American Short Stories series. He wondered whether he still had the knack of miniaturization and decided to find out. And simple, everyday situations became his open portals to fantasy and horror. Even a stationary exercise bicycle yields a richly scarifying tale.
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Although the odds are not with them, some people start writing with the idea that they can make a living at it. Others write because it makes them happy at one level or another and eventually decide to send something out to see what happens. Eventually, the both the Stephen Kings and the John Q. Publics of the world must come to the same conclusion if they wish to continue writing. Money cannot be the prime motivator of creation. Even if it does not make us happy in the moment, the only way we will invest the time, energy and resources needed to create anything of quality is if we feel in our guts that this is not what we want, but need to do, even if it is just to prove to ourselves that we still have the knack.
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