Rolling Stone: Walk me through your typical day when you’re working on a book.
Stephen King: I wake up. I eat breakfast. I walk about three and a half miles. I come back, I go out to my little office, where I’ve got a manuscript, and the last page that I was happy with is on top. I read that, and it’s like getting on the taxiway. I’m able to go through and revise it and put myself — click — back into that world, whatever it is. I don’t spend the day writing. I’ll maybe write fresh copy for two hours, and then I’ll go back and revise some of it and print what I like and then turn it off.
Stephen King’s book, On Writing, is very good. I liked it, even as I’m not a reader of Stephen King. This new interview in the November 6, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone is also very good. I don’t agree with all of his taste, but he is down to earth, intelligent, honest. I think those things are inspiring.
He admits to having dreams that “focus on some kind of shame or insecurity” … “It’s just insecurity — fear of failure, fear of falling short.” When asked if he still fears failure after all of these years of success, he said, “Sure.”