I love The King. I have read almost all of his work, I am in the middle of Lisey’s Story right now, and I often quote from The Dark Tower books. However… Stephen King has a formula of style. It’s a formula I love, but it is a formula nonetheless, and I have been reading so much of The Master of the Macabre lately, that his stylistic approach has ingrained itself into my psyche, and if I’m not careful it will ingrain itself into my writing as well.
1: Whenever possible a new section should be started with lyrics from a slightly out of date, and/or slightly obscure Rock Musician or Band.
2:Part of the language of the work must be constructed within the confines of the story being told. In other words, invented words or modified regional colloquialisms must be created and referred to throughout the story in order for the reader to feel as though they are an Insider.
3: The invented words, if possible, should have a back-story of their own relating to one or more of the characters.
4: An internal dialogue must take place within the head of the narrator, protagonist, or antagonist, and the above mentioned created “private” language must be used in said dialogue. If the narrator, protagonist, or antagonist question whether inner dialogue is from a source outside of themselves, so much the better. The internal dialogue should be formatted in italics rather than quotes to avoid confusion.
5: All action should occur in
New England. If it does not occur in New England, the narrator, protagonist, or antagonist should at least be on their way to or from New England.
6: Paragraphs should be interrupted with abrupt parenthetical or italicized asides relating to previous action in the story. This gives the reader a feeling of thrilling uneasiness.
With all these elements in place then, my Stephen King style blog for this week should look something like this:
“She did a triple somersault and when she hit the ground, she winked at the audience and then she turned around.
She had a picture of a cowboy tattooed on her spine saying Phoenix, Arizona, nineteen forty-nine.”
- The Coasters, Little Egypt
The last few days have been ball-busters here at
You got that right, mom.
You got that right.
Besides the cold though, things have been good, just busy.
I just hope the cold let’s up.
Cold enough to freeze a witch’s tits.