So here is Stephen King’s advice, if you want to write, or be a writer: Get rid of your TV.
This makes sense, for two reasons.
First, reading and writing go hand in hand.
And second, because reading and silence will are forever intertwined.
So if silence is needed for reading, and reading is needed for writing – a TV constantly blaring light and noise will not be of much help.
Obviously, there are exceptions.
ut I don’t know, maybe we should listen. I mean, in the world of professional writing, Steven King is nearly as successful as it gets.
King does note that he was mesmerized by the TV at first though.
But TV came relatively late to the King household, and I’m glad. I am, when you stop to think of it, a member of a fairly select group: the final handful of American novelists who learned to read and write before they learned to eat a daily helping of video bullshit. This might not be important. On the other hand, if you’re just starting out as a writer, you could do worse than strip your television’s electric plug-wire, wrap a spike around it, and then stick it back into the wall. See what blows, and how far. Just an idea.
-Stephen King, On Writing