Coming to Grips

I have spent a good many years—too many, I think—being ashamed about what I write. —Stephen King

On WritingI spent most of my July Fourth sprawled out on my bed absorbing Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft.”

When I read how he felt ashamed of his own work for so many years it hit a nerve with me. I’ve struggled myself with writing something “worthwhile” versus writing what I love.

It was this past May when I attended the conference for horror writers and joined HWA that made me finally come to grips with who I am.

I was surrounded by people who thought much the same way I did, and the feeling was liberating. For a long weekend I laughed at things you don’t say in polite company and I reveled in the morbid, the bizarre and the horrible. I came to grips with who I am.

How appropriate that I would read King’s words on Independence Day because I feel like I have recently earned my own freedom to be myself—writing something “worthwhile” and writing what I love have become the same.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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