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Best horror books by Russian writers (19th century)

Everyone needs to experience Russian literature at some time… so why not now? 👻 #1 Nikolai Gogol and his awesome Viy – a horror novella, published in 1835. The title is also the name of the demonic creature, the main hero of the plot. Every summer, a large procession of students moving around the area as they travel home. However, the group in the novel is reduced to three students: the theologian...

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The Essentials of Writing a Murder Mystery Novel

Written by Peter Manley #guestpost Congratulations! 👻🤡 You’ve got this shiny new idea for what seems like a great murder mystery novel to come… now what? It’s time to write it, of course! Getting started can probably seem like such a daunting task, especially if you’re new to the whole murder mystery writing in the first place. But have no fear, 😜 it is absolutely possible for you to turn that brilliant...

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Survival Guide for ‘Fed Up’ Writers

from the book “A Survival Guide for Life”, Bear Grylls 5 rules only: Dreams require sacrifice Be the most enthusiastic person you know Don’t dwell on mistakes, bad sales or weather Light can only shine through broken vessels PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE  Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill  Articles to check (for inspiration/when you have time): Want to...

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The beauty of Japanese Death Poems

Written by Nathaniel Postell We are obsessed with death – the great beyond, the next journey. We all contemplate death – shook by a fear of the unknown. Craving the knowledge of what is to come yet reluctant to pay the price of admission. Death is inevitable. Painted in that inescapable light, Japanese death poems should be a grim affair. However, this is not the case. Poetry has long held...

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Good writing is both what one does and does not say…

Lazy day… sharing 2 quotes about indie writing/publishing and books: 1. “I think of book development like cooking spaghetti. There are many ways to cook it, but the basic ingredients should be present: the pasta, and the sauce, and the cheese topping! If you’re a fabulous cook, and you plan on selling spaghetti to earn extra income, it should be obvious to you that there are a lot of other places...

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Tightrope to Grace

Written by Paul Fitzgibbons Inspired by “The Pearl Territory”, ch. 21 – ELIN x x x  I am a deeply religious non-believer. Or a non-religious believer. It all depends how you look at it. It wasn’t always that way. A long time ago I was a nun in the Sacred Immaculate Sacrament in Sacramento, Yahweh Sisterhood – one of the “SISSYS”. When I was sixteen I fell in love with...

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7 cool destinations for your next novel – part 2

While I’m in Gothenburg (Book Fair) …  There are about a million different things you need to think about when you’re writing a novel. You have to come up with a compelling storyline, unique characters, a thrilling plot twist, and of course, the ideal location. Obviously, it’s easy to fall back on some of the more frequently used… We’ve all read at least 100 novels set in New York City,...