Tuesday, April 9, 2013

King's Speech: H is for HOPE

Regular readers of The Shellshank Redemption know how much I enjoy a good quote (see Motivational Mondays) and that I’m a huge fan of Stephen King (see the King of All Days Part I and Part II.) So, for the 2013 A-Z Challenge, I decided to combine the two, using some of my favorite King quotes about reading, writing and life in general. Enjoy!


You cannot HOPE to sweep someone else away 
by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
(Stephen King)

I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read where I just wanted to weep because I was so affected by the amazing story and its complex, memorable characters. I can’t tell you how many times I wished I had written that novel, not because it was a bestseller or won an award, but because it somehow worked its way under my skin and settled in for the long haul. The power of a good story is far-reaching and undeniable.


  1. Amen! I return to my favorite characters over and over again.

  2. It's the connection through the written word...so powerful.

  3. I love it when a book does that to me, just love it. That's really my only goal for my writing: move someone to feel something.

  4. JL - it's like revisiting old friends.

    Rebecca - when it happens, it's truly amazing!

    MJ - that's one of the reasons I write, too - to be able to give that experience, that connection to someone else.

  5. For me, too, that's what it's all about--to give back to the reader some of the pleasure so many other authors have given to me.

    H is for Habits
    The Daille-y News

  6. This is so very true. Those are the stories I read again and again. I take away something new every time.

  7. Barbara - I wonder what it's like to do that for readers on a large scale, like being a bestselling author and knowing thousands or millions of people are reading your words...

    Jai - those are also the stories that stay with us, in some degree or another, whether it's the story itself or the characters or the writing style.

  8. I love this. It makes me so proud to be a storyteller.

  9. The first book that affected me like this was Charlotte's Web (I was really young).

  10. Nothing better than a book that can do this to you. :)

  11. I know exactly what you are saying! I have to take a bit of time inbetween (great) books to just let it all settle because they impact so deeply.

    Wonderful use of Hope today :)

  12. Ilima - I never thought of it that way, of being proud to do what we do! Thank you for that insight! :)

    Michael - I still love CHARLOTTE'S WEB. :)

    Julie - you know it!

    Lexie - taking that breather is so true. Any book that follows is going to be hard-pressed to deliver.

  13. It sounds like you've read a lot of good books. There have been times when I read something and I would think, finally, someone gets it, someone gets me. As a writer, I would like to give someone the same kind of feeling through my work someday.

  14. I so very much love to be swept away! And yes, I can think of a few stories that have gotten under my skin. Mm.. Love that feeling :)

    Happy 2nd week!

    AJ Lauer
    #atozchallenge helper minion
    Twitter: @ayjaylauer

  15. Brooks' Shannara books did that to me as a teen, and Jurassic Park did that to me as an adult.

  16. This is what we are all aiming for. There is no formula unfortunately - sometimes the magic just happens!

  17. Cynthia - oh yes, I have! :)

    Ayjay - happy second week to you, too! :)

    Alex - that you remember them makes them special.

    Nick - I agree, it really is a form of magic.