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Welther47 (1 месяц назад)
Nobody cares about your generic characters or their generic lives. Focus on the story instead of the to-do list of fictional characters. We don't care if the main guy loves his wife, has sex or tries to quit smoking. We want to know why somebody is trying to kill him or why!
Welther47 (1 месяц назад)
I completely disagree with him. Spending a long time "getting to know" the characters is just a big bore and a drag. Senior King has an amazing ability to ramble for hundreds of pages with little to nothing happening. I never cared for any of Kings characters. Im interested in the mystery.
Wynema Cantrell (2 месяца назад)
~Your very lucky and blessed having Stephen King for an awesome dad in your life.~
Wynema Cantrell (2 месяца назад)
~I could never write a book as great as your dad Stephen King.~
AppleTherapy (3 месяца назад)
I agree. I’ve been saying this for years.
Beak Newcomer (5 месяцев назад)
You are awesome! Thanks for the info! I am about to embark on a romantic horror novel myself; having never written a book before, all information helps!😃
SuperMarksman33 (5 месяцев назад)
So like his Dad. I have read all of Joe's. I am so happy the King genre continues. Thanks man.
TheGamingWave (5 месяцев назад)
I agree mostly with the bonding of the characters. I watched A Quiet Place, and I felt so attached to the characters it made it so much more suspenseful when they were on danger.
Sock (5 месяцев назад)
I usually root for Jason cause the characters are bland. However, in Stephen King's IT, I almost cried when Georgie died just because he had so much likeablility already. He went to retrieve a boat and got killed over it, just because he was afraid that Bill would be very mad over it, and it breaks my heart that Georgie died. And the whole adventure I was rooting for Bill and the rest to take down Pennywise because of the injustice Pennywise created. You really feel that loss with Georgie, and I think that's what really made IT the movie classic that everyone knows and loves to this day.
Ethan John (5 месяцев назад)
i loooooove aloft
Crtani Filmovi Na Srpskom (6 месяцев назад)
I'm a writer here in Montenegro(country in east Europe) and I write book's about serial killers.I'm well paid and I can aford a 80 sguare feet house with one floor.I'm 27 years old and now I started writing a new book about Jefrey Dahmer and his life.I'm the first thriller writer here.I wrote books about imaginary detectives and killers,and I also wrote books about lifes of Ted Bundy,John Wayne Gacy,Charles Manson and one book about the case that happened here(not in Montenegro,but in area of East Europe) about a 18-year old girl that went missing,but she was found two days later,starved,beaten,raped.It turned out that the killer gave her water in which he masturbrated.It was a fucked up case,but my longest book.It had 250 pages.
Industrial Knigtmare (6 месяцев назад)
I mean Jason Voorheese loved his mom, he was deformed, we should be rooting for him, sympathizing for him tho
millie (6 месяцев назад)
I um Always root for the killertbh
Mannie Wray (7 месяцев назад)
I like psychological thriller.
Mannie Wray (7 месяцев назад)
I always root for the killer!
A Taco (9 месяцев назад)
I have a idea for a novel called North Is South, the world is nonsensical and dark. But near the end the message unravels.
Princess Of Darkness (10 месяцев назад)
I'm making a novel called, 'Lucy'. It's about a girl who thinks she's losing her sanity because she's hearing demonic voices speaking to her, and she's having Biblical dreams. She has no father, but her strange genetic afflictions don't come from her mother's side. These strange abilities she has include: Clairvoyance, and seeing the dead. It turns out her father is Lucifer, and she's a modern day 'Nephilim'. Her dad has been trying to reach her for years, but this was the first time he could actually get in her head and talk to her. Now she needs to find out how to actually see him and she gets to ask him all sorts of questions about why he's done what he has. Later, Lucy realizes she will ultimately end up like her father, unless she becomes a true believer in God. This tests her faith and sets her on a quest to find God.
Jeremy Jenks (1 год назад)
This Stephen King looking dude has me genuinely creeped out right now.
Tahsin Sabah (1 год назад)
Ask Men. Feminism triggered
Noelle Soto (1 год назад)
Horns sucks!
hillock10 (1 год назад)
Can you remake this video and drop the annoying background music? The listener seeks clear, uninterrupted advice on the topic. Missing just one word of your sentences because of the annoying music detracts from your presentation. If you were in a meeting with authors, discussing this topic, would you play a CD recording during the discussion? Alternatively, hire a professional editor before releasing a video.
Sylvia Bailey (1 год назад)
I'm still pretty convinced that he just goes by Joe Hill because otherwise he would have been Joe King... Get it? Joe King? Joking? I stole this joke.
Jordanish (1 год назад)
1:41 I remember this guy with horns as a kid.
Richard (1 год назад)
I'm currently working on a horror story called The Afterdarks. It's about kids who didn't listen to the parents when they told them to be home before dark. Spoiler! A lot of these kids end up on milk cartons.
Gwyn Haller (1 год назад)
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your writing process.
Full Comic Alchemist (1 год назад)
Joe Hills heart shaped box do yourself a favour and read it this Halloween
D.L. Schindler (1 год назад)
Horns was a better movie than any of the movies adapted from your dad's stories. I've read most of his, but none of yours. Stop trolling me on the web boards of your dad's website under different pen-names. We are all adults so, uh, let's keep the rivalry for the King's crown civilized. With Crazy Swirling Eyes, D.L. Schindler p.s. If my breath smells jealy, it's because I had some peanut butter and jelly, not because I am a wannabe horror novelist. Also, I have been a member of that website for years and only log in to wish happy birthday and stare at the list of 200+ stories by you-know-who and wish I could have written maybe one or two that were that successful. I know you've never even visited those crazy swirling boards.
MarilynThePeaceMaker (1 год назад)
Thx so much
JP Aro (1 год назад)
I'm gonna try that approach. I've always spent more time writing a complete timeline than writing the book, thanks Mr. Hill
Awesome dude3 (1 год назад)
I got an idea for a horror story, it is called "P.A.T" aka Paranormal Activity Team, it is about a Group of teenagers who are wanted by the police, they break into a government base and unintentionally freed every single creatures trapped there, the government finds the teens and they are forced to track down the monsters and return them, or they will be killed by the President's order and will be classified as "Missing",the Villains are the team of Monsters: Slender-Man: A Creature that strangles with his tentacles and you can die just from looking at him, he lives in the forest, chained to a wall, the chains is strong enough to stop him from teleporting away Weeping Angel: A statue of an Angel, Moves when your not watching it, Is put behind a Containment cell "The ShadowMan": the second most powerful, he is a human less shadow, name unknown, origin is unknown, wants to kill all humans, if he kills your shadow, you will die, Trapped in a Bright Cell, with no opening to the outside The Fallen Angel: Sighted by a Truck Driver, the Angel flew right through a truck,leaving a hole, was hit by an airplane, and was found unconscious on a bus, the least dangerous Wendigo: A Creature that lives in the woods, can grow in height at its will, and can transform others into it, found Crawling out a burning Cabin Ted: A being from a universe he called "The World Of Fear", He Is trapped in a Dungeon and is watched at all times, can do what he wants and can manipulate the world at his will, Hard to Defeat, most powerful being, the government created a weapon strong enough to Knock him out for a moment NightMare: A Ghost that can turn into anything it wants, is obsessed with ruining peoples life, and giving nightmares, can possess anyone who has the same passion of fear as he is, Was killed by someone, the most Vengeful and Angry Creature, is currently possessing a body, is trapped in a containment cell I am currently working on it
The Outlaw (10 месяцев назад)
Awesome dude3 so how’s your book going?
JenJan RanJan (1 год назад)
Doesn't he look like his Daddy? Must be incredibly hard forging his own similar, but independent, career
Ryne Green (1 год назад)
Love Heart Shaped Box and Horns
Sayu Impercaela (1 год назад)
That was so helpful! :D
Jessica Walizer (1 год назад)
I like your vid
Jessica Walizer (1 год назад)
Plz don't say that not trying to bother you ok?Sorry if i'm being too picky
Presque vu (1 год назад)
So, he writes under a pseudonym as a pretense to earn his own readership based on his own merits alone, rather than ride on his father's name? Yet he uses his father's clout/collaboration/recommendations and connections to get published and recognised. Impressive.
Anne-droid (1 год назад)
Riiiiiight--because talent, hard work, good ideas, and lifelong commitment obviously had nothing to do with it. Better check the pH on those grapes.
Nuke Age (1 год назад)
I thought his first words were going to be "if you want to write horror you really need to have stephen king's face", then i read who he is lol!
thehoosierfortheUK (1 год назад)
I want to write a horror script that's disturbing and surrealist. No torture porn and no excessive blood and guts and sex even though the highlight will be sex or a romantic relationship
Lighting (1 год назад)
until you care for the characters the story isn't working figure out how your writing about think about what they'll do from scene to scene and let them loose like a wind up toy
Jazzy Boy (1 год назад)
I'm trying to make a sci if horror story, although I'm not sure what could make a good introduction. I'm thinking of making things calm in the beginning to let the the reader know the main character, but I have doubts that it would even be interesting for things to be calm in the beginning of a horror story. My idea of the story is set in space. In a lunar city on one of the moons of a planet from another galaxy. The main character is a normal simple man trying to earn a living as an engineer for his sick family member, who is ill from an unknown sickness that paralyzed the limbs of the person. The next following day, he woke up finding out that the city's power is nearly out, leaving the entire lunar city near pitch black. He tried to find out what's going on, until he found out the people in the city started acting strange and not themselves anymore, acting as if they are "controlled" by something and if under control long enough, will turn the person into a grotesque and humanoid being that simply wants the main character to "Join them and he will live forever for eternity". Is this a bad story idea?
Evolute Creator (1 год назад)
What's your explanation in the end? I could beta read for you if you wanted.
Evolute Creator (1 год назад)
I like it, personally, I think it could turn out well.
David Mouser (1 год назад)
Good except that the music was too loud. (good but distracting due to the volume)
Jasper Knight (1 год назад)
im writing a story about a group of people who get stuck on a island after there plane crash, but this isnt any normal island. this island is inhabited by the shadowy like monsters who only come out during the night.
Evolute Creator (1 год назад)
Oh no, I'm writing a similar one. 45 people are given a ten-day timeshare on a remote Alaskan island where it is always night (Arctic Circle) but it turns out that there are horrific creatures on the island, forcing the characters to be trapped in their cabins with little food or water.
JohnStephenWalsh (1 год назад)
Had to shut this off because of the music and popups. If you post a video of someone talking for less than three minutes, why not just let them talk so we can hear what they have to say? If it's not interesting enough to hold our attention on its own for three freakin' minutes or less, it shouldn't be posted.
Rodrigo Olivera (3 месяца назад)
Yeah jesus the music was too loud.
Bridgette Jordan (1 год назад)
He looks soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much like his father. Wow.
theatrefilmgirl (1 год назад)
damn he looks like his dad
VS Horror (1 год назад)
Good points mentioned in your video. You should try reading the horror book Affliction I Have Seen by Trent Mills. I think you would enjoy it as have I.
Bomb.Throwing.Mayhem (1 год назад)
So this guy strongly disapproves of most of his father's novels?
Dorsey m (2 года назад)
damn,no mistaken him for someone else is son ! . some pretty good advice, I have a book full of horror ideas. I never do a first draft are anything. I write up my characters, and that's about it . once pen / finger hits the paper / key it just flows .
Diego Maria Cardona (2 года назад)
I'm currently reading his "horns" it's pretty good.
lazyrmc (2 года назад)
you should check out Nos4a2 too
wxstednxghts (2 года назад)
I ALWAYS root for the killer lmao
Macrocosm Cat (10 месяцев назад)
Most of the time you are given little information about the good guys, the good guys always dive into the killer. You learn more about the killer than the good guys. The good guys are set as good by default, you don't care about them. Then you have a killer who was lead into that way, something happened, and has a thirst, an itch, a vengeance, etc. Then you end up caring for the killer, or the monster more than the "hero" or "good guys". For example, take a look at Daredevil TV series, the Kingpin, we are given way more information about him, more than Daredevil/Matt. We cared more about Kingpin and even rooted for him, but he wasn't that bad. He had shit going through since he was a kid, he has issues. He wanted to bring peace to the city, through a kind twisted plan, but he wanted to end crime and bring a good life, but he had to get his hands dirty. Sad thing was, his approach isn't that bad, in fact it is more realistic than what Matt wanted, he wanted to trust the system and trust people to do the right thing. In second season he started to fall apart cause he lost faith. We lost faith in the system as well.
Kieran Wilson (1 год назад)
wxstednxghts same, it wrong that I really enjoy people getting torched and killed
Jasper Knight (1 год назад)
i do too bro
ferbthe2gadgetguy (1 год назад)
thehoosierfortheUK no. The antagonists are always the great guys, who wants to root for the easy going guy in a cape that can fly, shoot lasers in his eyes and gets the girl? How about the guy who had a fuck up incident and is shunned by the world?
thehoosierfortheUK (1 год назад)
O-o you need help!
Jessi Please Stop (2 года назад)
Is it bad I was jamming to the background music the entire time??
Corvo@AZ (9 месяцев назад)
@Jessi Please Stop Writing music for thrillers.
Nevena Gavric (2 года назад)
Jessi Please Stop sameeee
Mannie Wray (2 года назад)
Currently in the process of writing my first horror novel... 1. Haunting of the Asylum...
Zakle (1 год назад)
I'm writing my first horror novel as well. Currently, it has the working title of Umiko, Umiko. I'll likely change it.
Bimali Abeywickrama (2 года назад)
thank you. i love this. so helpful!!!
John Pugh (2 года назад)
might help for my sudden concept for a short story grounded in realism, sci fi and horror: A scientist is trying to find the formula to bring his deceased wife back from death, but apparently fails. In the days following, there are numerous murders, most of them people closest to him. It eventually dawns upon him, what if he was successful? And his wife could be out for vengeance against him, because he had killed her out of what he saw as mercy...
Andrew Wood (3 месяца назад)
Piece of advice- if you have an idea for a story, never tell anyone about it. As soon as you start telling people about it, something happens in your mind, and you lose the drive and will to tell the story. Also, forget other people's opinions of your ideas. Craft them until they make you sit up and say, AH! Then get writing. First draft is always a fucking mess. That's cool. Don't edit. Just splurge your ideas. Then with each new draft, allow your critical side into the room, little by little. Good luck.
biffehn12 (1 год назад)
That's what I thought too! I am just going to start getting my newest concept written down(although it's kind of a horror/drama/thriller short story). It's about a police officer named Frank who gets transferred to another state to investigate the disappearance of a boy child. His wife took off with another man, so since he is divorced, his 15-year old rebellious daughter Sam has to move with him. However, all tracks the police could find during the investigation signify that the boy has been kidnapped by a young, well-known serial killer who was just set free from prison. How does that sound?
Tyler Sullivan (1 год назад)
Sounds like Revival you fraudulent, unoriginal fuck
S B (1 год назад)
Great concept, it sounds interesting.
lazyrmc (2 года назад)
Interesting premise
Albert Hoyt (2 года назад)
That was very helpful. From what I've been writing, when trying to add an element of horror, I've tried to quicken the pace of the reading, as if to emphasize how quickly the character is trying to get a hold of the situation. I do this in ways of not being as descriptive, not being as observant, possibly leaving some things out because if one were in such a situation they wouldn't have the time to do such so why should the reader? But from what you said, creating more of an emphasis on character development, is something that i'll take to heart.
Taryn L (2 года назад)
I don't care what movie/book it is, I always route for the bad guy...
Taryn L (2 года назад)
But... I liked Saw...
[Ɖeceive] (2 года назад)
Torture porn?
SAMCRO Till I Die (1 год назад)
Saw and Hostel are a sub genre of horror called "Torture Porn"
thehoosierfortheUK (1 год назад)
I hate torture porn!
Demigodz_365 (2 года назад)
I heard that too 😂
Breesvl_ (2 года назад)
Wow, I know what Joe Hill means about writing from character, rather than planning. Though I plan things out in my mind and sometimes in text, I feel it's so much easier to just write scene to scene and create from there.
Der Metzgermeister (2 года назад)
Not talking about Heart Shaped Box, then? Had literally no sympathy to the protagonists.
Shelby Parks (1 год назад)
Jackie I'm reading Heart Shaped Box now and I love the characters! Jude and Georgia are deeply flawed people, but you understand them and as the novel goes along you become very attached. At least I did.
Katlynn TenTen (2 года назад)
or a better woman...haha you know
Ibelieve Intheone (3 года назад)
Is he a relative of Stephen King?
Sam Fisher (1 год назад)
Ibelieve Intheone I can't imagine your face when you found they were ralated. I'm sure you meant it as a joke. 😂😂😂
Creepy Prez Gaming (2 года назад)
Yeah He is Stephen King's Son He is a Writer Too He Toke After His Dad
Pete Madrona (2 года назад)
+Dr. Gravedancer Holy shit
Ivory Moonchild Art (3 года назад)
+Ibelieve Intheone He's Stephen King's son :)
wasteyelo1 (3 года назад)
Christ, he really looks like his Dad here.
Wynema Cantrell (2 месяца назад)
~That's a very good thing to me him looking like his awesome dad Stephen King.~
Dominic the Defiant (4 месяца назад)
I was actually confused for a brief second because I thought he was Stephen King. He looks a lot like a younger him, especially with a beard, except I think his face is rounder. I never knew he wrote Horns though, that's neat.
Tahsin Sabah (1 год назад)
wasteyelo1 yeah changing the name didn't hide it much
captainbrunch (1 год назад)
wasteyelo1 Talks like him too.
SpOoKy Red Channel (1 год назад)
wasteyelo1 Yes he does
James Passmore (3 года назад)
skevey? What does that mean?
Covin Kestner (3 года назад)
It means "unpleasant" or "distasteful".
生きる (3 года назад)
This is all absolutely correct. Also Stephen King and Joe Hill are my favorite authors of all time.
Sock (5 месяцев назад)
Stephen and Joe are the best horror writers. I think this element of liking characters (especially with Georgie in IT) really makes their books and movies great.
Sharon Thornton (1 год назад)
Steven had been mine for so very long since way back in the late seventies all the way until like all liberals he began to use his stage and his books to viciously attack conservatives and our presidents and leaders simply because they do not agree with what he wants.
matthunterrlf (3 года назад)
this guy looks like Stephen King..
Katie Speakman (2 года назад)
yeh he's is his son, he doesn't want fame from his dad so he used a different name
Sophia (3 года назад)
Its his son Sort of....
Eddie Lopez (3 года назад)
+matthunterrlf it's his son I think. Freaky ass resemblance if he's not though.
Mean Green (3 года назад)
I have read all of your novels. I agree with what you preach. Now please make characters that I can get behind and actually like. Do not strive to make characters so gray that they lose the readers desire to root for them.
Nick Belliveau Stories (3 года назад)
This was a great video just word of advice lower the volume of the music it slightly drained out Joe's voice
Supervillain Writing (3 года назад)
"I follow the character". Like father like son. ) At least he respects planners. Steve does not such thing and too bad, 'cause a lot of good writers are planners. 
Thread Bomb (4 месяца назад)
The trick with planning is to create the plot _around_ the characters.
dotdotdot (3 года назад)
I suppose you could write a horror story from character. If you're writing fantasty however I can't see how you could do away with the outlining. There is so much stuff to remember when you create a whole universe that you are bound to make mistakes without it.
dotdotdot (3 года назад)
Bryan89 says: How much planning do you do when you're writing a book? Do you have a plan for each chapter, or do you write with a general outline of where the story is headed? Don't write outlines; I hate outlines. I have a broad sense of where the story is going; I know the end, I know the end of the principal characters, and I know the major turning points and events from the books, the climaxes for each book, but I don't necessarily know each twist and turn along the way. That's something I discover in the course of writing and that's what makes writing enjoyable. I think if I outlined comprehensively and stuck to the outline the actual writing would be boring.
dotdotdot (3 года назад)
oh, nvm, i found it. +michael flannigan
dotdotdot (3 года назад)
He doesn't write anything down about the universe and geography or nothing? Nothing on the Dothraki or the white walkers or valyrian steel or dragon glass or anything? I find that very hard to believe. Do you have any sources?
Down In Stones (3 года назад)
+kimeradon George RR Marting doesn't outline, so it is possible; however, if I was writing a fantasy novel I would probably outline. I hate outlining, but writing fantasy would be far too hard for me to do without an outline.
justice7219 (3 года назад)
terrific video. I agree with his take on characters in modern horror films, and I enjoyed listening to his approach on writing, building his way into his characters then working outwards.
Infinite Sky (4 года назад)
Totally agree. I have an idea for a horror screenplay called "Stormy Weather" I hope to get turned into the movie!
Darren B (12 дней назад)
+Welther47 So you would enjoy reading about a character with no name, no backstory and no personality being stalked by a killer?
Welther47 (1 месяц назад)
Nobody cares about your generic characters or their generic lives. Focus on the story instead of the to-do list of fictional characters. We don't care if the main guy loves his wife, has sex or tries to quit smoking. We want to know why somebody is trying to kill him or why!
Anton Chigurh (3 месяца назад)
So any news on your screenplay?
Anantam Bisht (6 месяцев назад)
Infinite Sky acoolll
Anton Chigurh (1 год назад)
Infinite Sky Is it finished?

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