Stephen King, James Patterson, and Methodology

Stephen King has one methodology of writing. James Patterson has another methodology of writing. They are completely different.

Stephen King focuses on character. He takes a character and drops him or her into a weird situation. Then he writes what comes naturally. If the situation resolves itself quickly he has a short story, if it takes longer he has a novel. He is known for his unusual characters and situations.

James Patterson focuses on plot. He takes a plot idea and begins filling it in. A lot of times he ends up filling out an outline that is around fifty pages long. Often he works with one or sometimes even more co-authors. He is known for his fast-paced plots.

Which one is right?

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