If you were to read Heart-Shaped Box, you might not be surprised to learn that author Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. It contains several elements often found in his father’s work. Unfortunately, one of those elements is a convenient, unsatisfying ending.
“Overbearing parents and demanding workouts are common chapters in success stories. What is not common is for someone who suffered to those things to come out on the other side as contrite, introspective, and pleasant…”
Stephen King: “…one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century.”
Wall Street Journal: “…widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written.”
Me: “Umm, no.”
William Reinhardt Deutsch, a millionaire on his deathbed, wants to know if spirits, ghosts, or other paranormal phenomena are real, and he knows the best place to find an answer – Hell House.
Every Wednesday Randi Wisoff-Fields posts a picture prompt challenging writers to create a 100-word story, poem, or whatever works for you. After posting your work on your blog, go back to her site and add your link on her Friday Fictioneers post. Place. Page.
Don’t worry. This isn’t one of those annoying blog posts that goes something like, “Oh, haven’t written in awhile, been so busy with blah blah blah.” Okay, maybe a little, but I can explain…
Every once in a while, an image “speaks” to you. Here’s one. It’s a group flash fiction exercise. Give it a shot. You might like it.
Haven’t tried flash fiction photo prompts in a while, but if you’re into it – there’s no place like Friday Fictioneers.
You don’t need advice from me about querying, but you’re getting it anyway. Here are five additional thoughts about what we all hate doing.
Too many writers quit, and that could allow less talented people to get published more often. Each time a writer quits pitching, it allows someone else’s manuscript to get into the hands of an agent or publisher. Maybe you’re just not ready yet.
Readers only know what you tell them. If you don’t tell them why your main character is stalking his neighbors, they won’t care very much about him. If you want that stalker to eventually be sympathetic and win over your readers, then his motivations must be clearly detailed. If not, he’s just another violent, disposable creep.