Review: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Believe it or not, this is the first work by King that I’ve ever read. Of course, I’ve watched Carrie, It, and Pet Sematary. I think I’d be even more in the doghouse had I experienced none of his creations. Safe to say, I absolutely enjoyed this work beautiful work of horror.

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Audiobooks vs Physical & Digital Copies

I’ve always been a person who never saw themselves getting behind the whole audiobook movement; rather, I never had the patience to sit and listen to an audiobook without my mind wandering elsewhere. I’d tried it once before, in middle school where you could borrow the audio versions of certain books and listen to them, but I always had to rewind and rewind and rewind until I just got sick of it. I returned the audio version and vowed that they just weren’t for me. Then, I found myself with an hour-long ride to university while studying in Japan, and listening to music and podcasts got boring day after day. I broke down and signed up for a free Audible trial and downloaded Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

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Characters: Do you know yours?

Often, people will write their story while not fully knowing their characters. These people they create, as odd and strange as it sounds, will be a complete and utter stranger to them. You might ask, “How is that possible, aren’t I the one who created them? Shouldn’t I know them better than anyone?” and the answer is yes, you created them and yes, you should know them better than anyone else. The fact of the matter is, though, that until you sit down and craft your character and have them go through all the trials and errors that you set out within the novel, they’re just an idea. They’re a stranger. So, the proper question is:

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First Two Months In University and A Possible Trip To Peru?

Hello all, I hope everyone is well while you’re reading this particular post today. As the only thing, I’ve been posting recently have been writing advice articles I’ve decided to make this one more laid back and a recap on the hectic life that has been mine over the course of the first two months after starting University. So, let’s dive in shall we?

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NaNoWriMo

Well, it’s that time of the year again. Yes, it’s time for all writers to unite and begin the painstaking task of creating an entire novel in a single month. It’s a wonderful, horrifying kind of daunting task that the faint of heart and easy to stress probably should be wary of taking on. Let’s dive into it, shall we?

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Let’s Get Historical: The Starting Point to Historical Fiction

Ah yes, historical writing; it’s one of my favorite genres, because this is where we can see our text going beyond what we have written. History is already a story our job, as the writer, is to give it that extra flare while maintaining the actuality of the events. Even in regular fiction novels we become the link to readers and real world topics, whether it be facts around a certain city or topics of discrimination. Our words hold power and knowledge.

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