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Stephen King

Oct 17, 2018
in Careers

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Stephen was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland Maine. He attended Durham Elementary School. Stephen was interested in writing from a very young age. At school he used to contribute articles to the school magazine. He used to write short stories in a similar pattern to the recent films he had seen and sell it to his friends for a few cents. He graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maine in 1970. As he could not find any vacant position as a high school teacher, he began by selling his short stories to various magazines.

In 1971, he got hired as a teacher in Hampden, Maine. In the meantime he was thinking about new ideas and stories that he could work on. Soon he was able to complete writing his full novel called ‘Carrie’. But before he could finish completing the script he was overcome by depression and had thrown away the initial few pages he had written. But his wife’s encouragement helped him overcome his lack of motivation and he persevered to complete the whole book. In 1973, his book ‘Carrie’ was accepted by publishing house ‘Doubleday’. This was a great achievement for this aspiring writer who had been struggling to find an audience for his writings ever since his childhood days. Now Stephen was overcome by a drinking problem which was caused by the immense anxiety and tension he took upon himself in order to write a great story. In 1977, his book ‘The Shining’ got published. After this Stephen’s work began to be recognised and receive mild appreciation. By then he had overcome his drinking problem successfully.In the 1970’s Stephen started writing the incredibly popular ‘The Dark Tower’ series. This book was immensely successfully and brought Stephen into the limelight. In 1980, his book ‘Firestarter’ sold 100,000 copies. And his popularity grew further as his book ‘Christine’ sold 250,000 copies. Stephen kept coming back with more and more stories in the same genre to satisfy his ever increasing fan base. The release of the book ‘The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Tree’ bought him more success.

His latest books were going on to break his previous sales records. He reached the peak of his success in 1986 when his book ‘It’ went on to break all previous records by selling a mammoth 1,000,000 copies. He continued his success throughout his career writing short stories and novels which always went on to receive high praise from fans and critics alike. Stephen was a struggling author without a proper job and faced depression because of his early failures but he has gone on be successful only by believing in his skills even when everyone around him left his side. Stephen King’s life is a lesson that teaches us that believing in yourself is the only way possible to become the most successful person you can ever be.

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”---Stephen King

Originally Published on SuccessStory.com