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Top 10 Stephen King Books That Inspire Writers

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Top 10 Stephen King Books To Inspire Writers Stephen King is one of the world’s most successful authors! He’s published over fifty novels and won numerous awards, including The National Book Foundation Medal. So Writer's Relief (www.WritersRelief.com) has put together a Top Ten List of Stephen King books that writers will find inspiring. 10) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – On Writing is part memoir and part guidebook for those interested in the writing craft. At Writer’s Relief, we feel On Writing is a must-have tool for writers, and an insightful look into the backstory of one of horror’s most prolific writers. 9) Carrie – King’s first novel tells the tale of Carrie White, a high school outcast who discovers she has telekinetic powers. The story is both relatable and terrifying. 8) TIE: Misery and Dolores Claiborne – When author Paul Sheldon is severely injured in a car crash, he’s rescued by eccentric fan, Annie Wilkes, who cares for him in her home while he recuperates. She holds Paul prisoner and forces him to write Misery Chastain back into existence. Dolores Claiborne, which ties for our number #8 spot, is a unique King novel that was written in a continuous narrative style that reads like spoken monologue. 7) It – A shapeshifting being exploits the fears of its victims. The story’s themes of memories, childhood trauma, and small-town settings are staples in the King genre. 6) Pet Sematary – Louis Creed’s neighbor Jud shows him an ancient Indian burial ground that resurrects anything buried in it. When his youngest child is killed, Louis decides to bury him in the same cemetery despite warnings from Jud. 5) Different Seasons – Different Seasons is a collection of novellas focusing on dramatic elements rather than horror. Three have been adapted into film: “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” “The Body,” and “Apt Pupil,” a novella narrated in the third person. 4) The Stand –This novel is told from the perspective of many different characters. 3) The Green Mile – A popular choice with the Writer’s Relief staff, The Green Mile is a first-person narrative told by death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe. Paul recounts meeting John Coffey, an inmate with unusual healing powers. 2) TIE: The Shining and Doctor Sleep – The Shining established King as a master of the horror genre. Jack, his wife, and his son, Danny, move into the empty Overlook hotel for the winter. Danny, gifted with psychic powers, encounters grisly vision. Meanwhile, Jack, slowly descends into madness. In Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, we meet Danny as an adult defending another psychic child against a group of quasi-immortals. Here are our honorable mentions: ‘Salem’s Lot; Desperation/The Regulators; and The Dead Zone. 1) The Dark Tower Series – The Dark Tower Series spans eight books and incorporates themes from multiple different genres, including Western, fantasy, science fiction, and horror. King includes many characters and details from his other novels and even appears as a character himself in Book #6, Song of Susannah. The overall story arc follows Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers, as he journeys to find The Dark Tower. To see interviews featuring great writing tips from Stephen King and other successful authors, check out the Writer’s Relief playlist! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... Visit the Writer’s Relief website for many free writer resources. Writer’s Relief helps writers of short stories, poems, and personal essays submit to literary magazines. Writer’s Relief also helps novelists, memoirists, and other book authors submit to literary agencies for representation. We also help writers self-publish their books. Self-Publishing Relief can help guide you from completed manuscript to finished book. Learn more here: http://selfpublishingrelief.com/ Call Writer’s Relief today! (866) 405-3003 (toll-free) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFQO0dQIlR8