"Westerns are not big box office draws, and you’ve never heard of a western in recent memory making the top of the New York Times or the Toronto Globe and Mail best sellers lists. Typically, if your name isn’t Max Brand, Louis L’amour or Zane Grey, chances are you’ll be lucky if you top 1,000 copies sold of a western novel. If your name happens to be Stephen King and you end up writing a western the style of the Dark Tower Series… well, that’s a completely different matter. Because that western had a lot of fantasy elements which draw a bigger audience."
"Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe. Imagine if you like, Frankenstein’s monster on its slab. Here comes lightening, not from the sky but from a humble paragraph of English words. Maybe it’s the first really good paragraph you wrote, something so fragile and yet full of possibility that you are frightened. You feel as Victor Frankenstein must have when the dead conglomeration of sewn-together spare parts suddenly opened its watery yellow eyes. Oh my God, it’s breathing, you realize. Maybe it’s even thinking. What in hell’s name do I do next?"
Stephen King - On Writing
Stephen King, On Writing (via not-an-exit)