Stephen King and George R.R. Martin discuss writing (and Tolkien, and poker, and family, and kazoos)

—Very fun chat, filmed in New Mexico. The two share, among other things, their childhood “Aha!” moments with books, sci-fi, and horror, and when they knew they wanted to become writers. King, for instance, started submitting stories when he was 12 and sold his first one at 19.

“I think creativity is a mystery,” says King.

Yes, and perhaps even more mysterious, at least to some of us, is the seemingly innate self-confidence that enables a kid to withstand years and years of rejections without (apparently) suffering crippling self doubt.

In the end, I’m with Martin: “How in the bleep do you write so many books so fast?”

Categories: Books and Publishing, SFF: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, and Writing.

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