Writing Is Magic












When I was looking for inspirational quotes for writers,  I did not start searching for ‘Stephen King’ quotes in the first place. Of course, he is an amazing writer. I love some of his books. Later on in my life, I quit reading horror books. I loved each book of him that I read. But I admit, looking for a calm, inspirational ‘soft’ quote, and finding one that is almost ‘romantic’ from Stephen King, made me realize I ‘horribly’ underestimated him, pun intended.

And here it was, ‘speaking’ to me! You can, You should, and if You’re brave enough to start, You will. Writing is Magic.

I know I’m a wimp, but these three words almost made me cry. Yes, writing is magic! Or at least it is for me! I’m not necessarily talking about the fact that I write fantasy. I’m talking about the process of writing. When I take my pen and set it on the paper to watch the words flowing out of it, watch the ink forming the words that become a story, then I feel like I’m in a magical land, where I can hide. And yes, there is a lot to hide from. The current times, the situation, certain problems… whatever is happening… when I write, it is forgotten, for a certain time. When I write, I drink the water of life, as King describes it… and I’m happy.

Writing is art, writing is creative, writing is a place I can go where the magic happens. And the result is characters, places, stories, and books. That’s the place I want to be.

Thank you, Stephen King, for this wonderful emotional inspiration!


I don’t think Stephen King needs much of an introduction on a writer’s blog. He is, who he is, an inspiration to many of us! I, therefore, just picked a short description of who he is. Please click the ‘source’ link below if you would like to read more about him.

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Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horrorsupernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy novels. His books have sold more than 350 million copies,[2] and many have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books. King has published 61 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books.[3] He has also written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections.[4][5]

King has received Bram Stoker AwardsWorld Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Society Awards. In 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.[6] He has also received awards for his contribution to literature for his entire bibliography, such as the 2004 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the 2007 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.[7] In 2015, he was awarded with a National Medal of Arts from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts for his contributions to literature.[8] He has been described as the “King of Horror”, a play on his surname and a reference to his high standing in pop culture.[9]

(Source: Stephen King – Wikipedia)

10 thoughts on “Writing Is Magic

  1. Stephen King is definitely not my go-to for inspiration. I too used to read his work and watch the movies made from his stories. But there came a point in my life when I realized there were much better ways to spend my time than horror. And I could sleep better at night too.

    The nail in the horror coffin, so to speak, came when I visited his home in Bangor, Maine. The house itself was a beautiful Victoria mansion, but the surrounding iron fence made me shudder. Spiderweb gate, bats everywhere, and I seem to recall a gargoyle or two somewhere. That did it. I’m not into dark stuff at all anymore, not like I was as a kid.

    Having said all that, Mr. King does come up with some very worthwhile statements, which I do post on my group forum for writers. If his statement above made you cry, AJ, what about this one you may have read on the forum the other day. “A piece of writing is like a piece of magic. You create something out of nothing.” Susanna Clarke

    And then there’s “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King

    “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.” Both from Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    And also this one from this morning’s quote on the forum. “In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”
    ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    Mr. King has a good handle on the writing process, I’ll give him that.

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    1. People think of Mr King as they will, I am a long time fan, and he is a good writer (much of the time) but I suspect that he, like many other writers has a superpower. He is an avid reader.
      Through Mr kings own reviews I have discovered many other writers. Dan Simmons; A genius to the Sci-Fi world, an eminence to those that enjoyed Henry James and a pretty good horror writer. Paul Tremblay; a master of the ghostly and horror tale…. oh and I could go on and on…..

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