Telepathy In Stephen King

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Allie Balzer
Writing 121--2017-2018

Telepathy at its Finest

Stephen King, a world renowned author, has had much success in the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Due to his success, King decided to share some of his tricks of the trade in order to help aspiring authors with his book On Writing. Before completing this book, writing to me was just a pain. I remember this one quote that said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot”(King 145). I proceed to think, well shoot, I don’t do either of those things. No wonder I don’t like writing and I’m not very good at it. Then as I continued through the book, I thought back to the part where King described writing as a form of telepathy, and it changed my whole perspective. Art has always been a way to express yourself and share ideas in my mind. The idea of writing doing that, and in such a direct way, kind of blew my mind. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me. The writer and the reader were connected through time and space with these shared thoughts. The best example of this is the rabbit in the cage:”The most interesting thing here isn’t even the carrot-munching rabbit in the cage, but the number on it’s back. . .This is what we’re both looking at, and we all see it. . .We’re not even in the same year together, let alone the same room . . . except we are together”(King 106). The freedom that is opened up to the reader when imagining

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