When Stephen King was nearly killed by a van as he was out walking a few years ago, he had a long recovery in the hospital and his rehabilitation.
"I was going nuts", King told our reporter, Bob Kane. "Other than putting a special curse on that van driver who ran me down, what was there to do but write?"
That was when he asked for some paper and pen, as he knew it was useless trying to type with one leg up in the air.
"I felt like I was in a dome..so that's what I called the book, "Under The Dome".
As if he didn't have enough to worry about, the shift changed and his nurse was replaced and he had to wait for fifteen minutes.
"I couldn't stand it. I had all these ideas and so I managed to reach a pen that a nurse had left by my chart and I began to write on my leg and then on my body cast. By the time the new nurse came on duty, I had written all over my body, on the wall, the urinal cup and my chart and tissue paper. I had half a story or maybe 700 pages written."
King stated that it was a good thing that the people there knew who he was because they had to redo his chart and give him the original.
After finally getting home, King's wife and son, both writers, put all the stuff together but King had lost interest and proceeded to work on other stories.
Finally, six months ago, King had a brilliant idea. He took a few pills that he had been on for pain, hired a medic to put him back in a body cast and he finished the last 700-plus pages.
"I've finished my story. The van driver died mysteriously and I am putting the whole episode behind me. Buy my book, 'UnderThe Dome'!"