Thursday, April 5, 2012

#7 Incidently...

One major event in the book takes place in Stephen's childhood;
Stephen had sent in his first original story, titled Happy Stamps, into a magazine called Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. The story came back three weeks later with the signature red ink of the the magazine's printing press and a letter that politely told Stephen that his story had been rejected but that he should keep writing. Along with the letter came a note that read "Don't staple manuscripts, loose pages plus paperclip equal correct way to submit copy".  Though this little tidbit of advice was nothing but informatory, Stephen had followed these words with his heart and has never stapled a manuscript since. This rejection slip was one of the first to come Stephen's way, and it certainly was not the last. Yet it was the sort of encouragement that he needed to perfect this craft.

Another major event also takes place in King's past; his first published novel Carrie. A good portion of his autobiography is dedicated the process of writing and publishing Carrie, as well as the before and after of King's life during the whole ordeal. He and his wife were struggling to make end's meet and keep their family afloat. King's life while he was writing the story was less than glamorous, however it gained such status after the novel was published. Same with when the book was being adapted into a movie.

The final event that is significant in Stephen King's novel is the day (and the time it took for him to recover) of the motor accident he was in. On June 19th 1999, Stephen King was struck by a van while he was taking a walk before a trip he planned to go on with his family. After the accident, he had to stay in the hospital for three weeks. Yet his passion for writing did not stop even after his accident. Five weeks after the accident, Stephen King began to write again. In fact, he managed to finish the first edition of this novel while he was recovering. This event only shows the strength that King had to recover for both his family and his passion.

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