Growing up, I casually yet consistently idolized my aunt. Still do, actually. She’s intellectual, open-minded, energetic, artistic, full of intentionally placed emotional expression, has a dark, quick wit about her and is, frankly, naturally gorgeous. What’s there not to look up to?
In addition, and getting to the crux of this post, she’s a big reader and has stored the majority of Stephen King’s collection inside her brainy gray matter over the years.
What does a kid do when they admire someone? They try to emulate that individual and see how that person’s experiences filter into their own personality.
So, I’ve read a handful of Mr. King’s work during my semi-short stint on Earth. The Dark Tower series (haven’t and probably won’t watch the movie), IT (have seen both movies, the first one holds the honor of terror-worthy in my book), Everything’s Eventual, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and so on.
My aunt’s impact on my reading turned into King’s influence on my writing. I will caveat by saying I’m leagues away from being as badass as he is, but I get what he’s saying and doing from time to time—and that’s something; that’s inspiration.
To that end, I’d like to share my dark muse’s reminders on how not to suck at life as a writer:
Think you’ve got grade A creative writing chops in the realm of content marketing and social media strategery? Prove it.