I sat down to talk about the grand influence King has had on my writing. His way with words. His ability to provoke introspection. His simple language that prods grand visions.
I realized two Kings have influenced my writing.
I began reading Stephen King's less scary works years ago when I discovered his phenomenal story writing skills. I thought, "there's a lot to learn here". He is my muse, my professor, my aspiration.
A writer needs a model, someone who can demonstrate how to place words just so, build plot and infuse intrigue, where to drop a comma, where not to. A writer needs a master. King is mine.
I have long held close to my heart the teachings and words of Martin Luther King, Jr. He is my other muse, my soul's guide, the sherpa of my heart.
A writer needs a role model, someone who exemplifies ideals and character traits that the writer wants to share with the world. Someone who is such a defined character he defies fictionalism. Someone who is larger than life, who inspires, who lives with heart. Dr. King is mine.
Who guides your pen, your heart, your soul? Will your art imitate life? Whose ideals will infuse your writing; whose style will guide your pen?