I’m not much of a horror fan when it comes to books, so unlike millions of other people I haven’t read much of Stephen King’s work. But what I have read has left me pleasantly surprised. That’s particularly true for On Writing. While the book has some great advice about putting pen to paper, there were a couple of anecdotes in On Writing that literally made me laugh out loud. Since I tend to read late at night before I go to sleep, I had to hold my laughter back so as not to wake my husband. But I still remember them. That’s how vivid King’s writing is.
“You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.” ― Stephen King
How very true! Have you ever been somewhere (church, for example) and had a laughing attack that you could not control? About a year ago we were at church and there was a woman behind me that was really belting out the songs. It’s not that she had a bad voice, it’s just that it was loud, slightly off-key, and it lingered far too long on one or two notes. It’s like as soon as she hit the note she really felt comfortable with, she couldn’t let it go. For some reason, this tickled me. I started out chuckling quietly, but the more she belted out the songs the more I laughed. Soon I was in tears, bent over like a freak and gasping for breath. I was laughing that hard. Of course, I’m not proud of these moments. But as Stephen King says, sometimes laughter just grabs you, and won’t let up until it’s darn good and ready.