Stephen King, 68: "I reject the idea that I’ve explored everything in the room"

Illustration by Roberto Parada

Illustration by Roberto Parada

"I say to myself, I’ve got this amount of time, can I do something that’s even better? I don’t need the money. I don’t need another movie based on one of my books. I don’t need to write another screenplay. I don’t need another big, butt-ugly house to live in—I have this one. I’d like to write a book that’s better than Lisey’s Story, but I don’t know if I ever will. Gosh, I’d like not to repeat myself. I’d like not to do shoddy work. But I’d like to keep working. I reject the idea that I’ve explored everything in the room." - Stephen King via The Paris Review