Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaMelanie View Post
I feel like I read somewhere that Stephen King always does this. As much as I love (some) King I just can't make it through his "This is Why I'm So Amazing" talks/writeups so I'm not 100% certain, but I could swear I've heard him say or write something to this effect. Anybody know? And if he does, does he suffer through giant rewriting chunks too?
In his book On Writing, King says he just puts characters in a situation and sees where it goes. He goes back later to edit things, but given what I've read of his work, I don't think he cuts enough.

He also advises writers to never outline, saying it kills the scene dead on the page, but that's nonsense. It depends on the person; there is no one right way to write a book. (Personally, I can't pants; if I don't know what's supposed to be in a scene, I wind up staring in frustration at a blank page. I must outline.)