Beginning this post seems more difficult than writing a short story for me. Hello to you Mr. King and to all that read this. I am a new member of this site but not a new fan of yours. Thank you for completing The Dark Tower series, the journey brought smiles to my face and a few tears to my eyes. I've read a great deal of your works, but not all, and I must say that your's is a style of writing that keeps me returning for more.
I am currently serving in the military and shall retire soon. Through the years I didn't really give much thought to what path I might follow after the Army was done with me. I never really fancied myself any sort of "artist." I had no creative ideas that didn't apply or relate to solving problems and making the mission happen. But, as a reader, I found myself enthralled by stories. Now I find myself considering my future and thinking of things that would bring me a sense of satisfaction. You've given me inspiration and I have to wonder if this profession could fill that gap if you get my drift.
I would ask many questions of you but I know it wouldn't be fair to do so. I would love to hear your advice. I have not read your book "On Writing," however I intend to do so soon. I guess if I was to ask one question it would be this: Do you think that a higher education is necessary to succeed as a creative writer? You see my situation as a soon to be retiree is that I do have educational benefits waiting, but at the same time I can pass them to my son instead. So I have to wonder how successful I might be with say a Bachelors or even a Masters in order to write creatively and be successful. If I was to answer my own question, I would say no, but what are the tips and tricks to success?
Anyway, thank you so much for all the chills and the thrills. I've really enjoyed your works over the years and really felt your words speak to me.
Stephen doesn't personally respond here but you'll find his response about what it takes to be a writer in On Writing. The Cliff's Notes answer is to read, read, read and to write every day which doesn't require a college degree.
...first, thank you for your service...my son is leaving for "Fort Lost In The Woods" on the 23rd to continue a Roller family Roll of Honor, and any words would be helpful-plus your words are simple and well-taken, that means you have a direct way and style about you-in other words-a great start to a budding writing career..