|Joe Hill at a Book-Signing|
This anecdote struck a chord with me not only because it reaffirmed one of the things I like most about King: he's a writer who is not ashamed to be a populist, but also because it touched upon a central tenet of writing. At the heart of the creative process is the need to connect with other human beings by telling a story : the urge to make them laugh, smile, shudder, cry, or forget their problems momentarily as they empathize with the characters we have created. An independent writer sends his or her novels out into the vast, electronic, and depersonalized universe that is e-publishing, hoping to touch someone's life, if only for a short while.
Here's to sharing a six-pack with you!