Stephen King Writes A Letter to His 16-Year-Old Self: “Stay Away from Recreational Drugs”

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By the 1980s, it looked like Stephen King had everything. He had authored a series of bestsellers — Carrie, The Shining, Cujo – and turned them into blockbuster movies. He had a big, 24-room house. Plenty of cash in the bank.  All the trappings of that American Dream. And yet … and yet … he was angry and depressed, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, drinking lots of beer, snorting coke, and entertaining suicidal thoughts. It’s no wonder then that the author, who sobered up during the late 80s, contributed the letter above to a 2011 collection called Dear Me: A Letter to My 16-Year-Old Self. Edited by Joseph Galliano, the book asked 75 celebrities, writers, musicians, athletes, and actors this question: “If as an adult, you could send a letter to your younger self, what words of guidance, comfort, advice or other message would you put in it?” In King’s case, the advice  was short, sweet, to the point. In essence, a mere five words.

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  • Mule

    Without the experiences you had on drugs, you would not be the writer you are today.

  • Brigofdoom

    I love hearing this. “Drugs have made me so much more creative”. nn”So…what have you created with your new found inspiration?”n*Silence*

  • Gezzer50

    As a person that did do drugs (too many) in my youth and early adulthood, I’m on the fence about this concept. I know for a fact I’m a different person than the one I would of been without my experiences. But the big question is am I better off or worse off?nI have to say that I could of been much more successful and earlier in my life as well. I didn’t get any education past HS, because I was too busy getting stoned. In fact I barely graduated. For a tested 135-140 IQ that’s kind of sad.nI’m pretty certain my long term health has suffered in the same sense that heavy smokers/drinkers have health problems later in life as well.nBut I do have a unique perspective that I wouldn’t of otherwise had. I would of been a straight lace nerd with a very black and white view of the world. Instead I’m more aware of the subtle shadings and colours hidden there in.nSo do I have the “potential” to be more creative? I think so. Do I have the drive to put my creativity into a usable form? Well there’s the rub.

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  • True

    Unfortunately, Stephen King was a much better writer when he was was as high as a kite.

    Still, even at his worst he is better than most authors at their best. Even sober. Anyone who thinks King is not a talented author (and they do occasionally surface) simply does not understand the craft of writing and is focusing instead of their own personal dislike of WHAT he writes about rather than HOW he writes. And to paraphrase King himself when yet another dreary person asked him “Why do write about such awful things?” his answer is “Why do you assume I have a choice?”.

    I am not saying I wish he had stayed a drug addict/alcoholic. Of course not. But despite it not the done thing to admit it, despite people wishing to deny it for all the best of reasons and with the best of intentions, he was a better author when he was flying high as a kite.

  • Cardinal Charles Ng

    My advice to myself would be: Spend more time with your children

  • TellDTruth

    Total BULLSHIT, Mule. That’s like saying if Gabby Gifford hadn’t been shot in the face, she wouldn’t be the woman she is today. True in a sense, but that doesn’t make it IN ANY WAY a positive or worthwhile experience.nnKing managed to write during his druggy years, thanks to his great work ethic and self-discipline, but any addict knows … if he’d been clean, he would have written twice as much and it would have been twice as good.

  • koomo

    My advice to my younger self: Enjoy the great early work he did, but don’t read anything King’s written aftern The Green Mile.

  • Colten

    “if he’d been clean, he would have written twice as much and it would have been twice as good.”

    We really have nothing to base that claim on, in all honesty. That is quite an assumption that you’re making.

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