Stephen King and Finding Diamonds

Stephen King QuotationStephen King celebrates his 65th birthday in a couple days. This is one of my favorite quotes of his.

Writers usually find the stories they write. However, it’s rare that they can be just picked up and put on a shelf or between the covers of a book. Usually, it takes many days, often many years to shape that found thing into something beautiful, much like what I diamond cutter does to a diamond or what a sculptor does to a piece of marble.

It is the constant and careful chipping and shaping to draw the beauty, the glory, the desire out of that pile of words, that lump of an idea that was found one day, very often when looking for something else or looking for nothing in particular or nothing at all.

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