Writers, whether published or not, struggle to get published, and struggle mightily with rejection. It is good for authors to remember that even the best have suffered through multiple rejections. That list includes Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling.
Mental Floss Magazine has compiled a hilarious list. Click on the link to read seventeen of the most pathetic literary rejections from Louisa May Alcott to Kurt Vonnegut.
I’ve sometimes been too scared to read some parts of Stephen King’s books. I was surprised to see him admit in this interview with Andes Dubus, III that there have been two times when he was almost too damn scared to write some of those parts.
The video is more than an hour long, and I encourage you to watch it all, but I won’t keep you in suspense. King admitted that he scared himself towards the end of Pet Sematary and again when he was writing one particular passage in The Shining. “I knew he was going to go up to Room 217, and I knew what he was going to find there….” I don’t know about you, but I remember that part very well; it made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
He was also asked where his characters went at night when he was trying to sleep. King answered, “I don’t have nightmares. I pass all that along to you readers.”
Note: If you want to skip the introductions, start the video at 6 minutes 15 seconds.