Reflective Essay On Stephen King

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Unlike Stephen King, I am someone who likes to stay inside my comfort zone. I don’t like sharing things that are personal to me, especially things I’ve created myself, like my writing. This is mostly because I find it to be incredibly embarrassing, even if the topic isn’t about me. When I was younger, I would do everything in my power to avoid having to show people my writing, to attach my name to my piece of work. Although I still struggle with it, I’ve become more comfortable with sharing my work and having it critiqued as I’ve grown older.
Like King, I’ve been writing since I could read. When I was young, maybe 7 or 8, my sister found one of my short stories. At the time, I wrote for myself, about things I enjoyed. I never intended for …show more content…

In that moment, I felt like I had done the assignment wrong and that everyone would laugh at me for it. So, with shaking hands, I looked down at the poem and pretended to read what was on the paper. In reality I was making up a story about my love of some other animal on the spot, stuttering and pausing when it took me a while think. Looking back at it, I wish I had just read my poem. I probably looked stupid up there, clearly making stuff up as I went along. Besides, my teacher held me back after class and scolded me for not reading what I had actually written. She told me that I shouldn’t have been so embarrassed about it, because everything is subjective, especially writing. People’s opinions are shaped by their own perspectives and experiences, and that’s okay. Her words gave me a little confidence, so after that day, I willed myself to continue writing even if I thought it was bad, and to share it even if I thought nobody would like it. I started going out of my comfort zone. In On Writing, King says that he felt nervous writing Carrie, one of his most famous novels, because he felt out of his comfort zone, writing from the perspective of a teenage girl. In fact, he

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