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 with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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