Author of Dark, Paranormal, Suspense,& Romance: You never know where the words may lead.
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Footsteps of a Writer is a path from aspiring writer to published author and beyond. You will find writing tips and motivations, book reviews, author interviews and guest posts, personal insights into my writing life, and more.
Stepping in his father's footsteps, Joe Hill is making a name for himself. In 2007, Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel hit the shelves. A paranormal thriller wrapped up in a nicely written piece set me seeking more from this young man.
Oh, I guess some of you may be wondering who this author's father is. Stephen King. Trust me the acorn did not fall far from the tree. Joe Hill pulls you into his stories, gives you great characters, and drags you with him to The End.
Horns is a story of a man who has lost it all. He wakes up one morning with horns, yes horns, growing from his head. The horns cause people to tell him things, awful things, about themselves. They also lead him to discover the villain who took his life and tore it to shreds. There's mystery, humor, a love story, and a murder all wrapped up in the pages of this book.
This author's writing reminds me of the young Stephen King. I have no doubt that Joe Hill will be a big hit in the future.
A few years back I had a lady offer to be my writing coach and teach me how to write. (At no cost, well no money anyway.) It ended up costing me a couple years of my writing career. It is very important to think about the help you are receiving and rather it is helpful or not.
The lady had the best intentions. She just wasn't what I needed in a coach. The signs were there, but I was determined to become a better writer so I continued on my course with her. One day, I woke up and realized that I wasn't getting anywhere on the road I was taking. I thanked her and took a left at the next stop sign.
Have I made progress since? Yes. I may only have one short story published, but I enjoy writing what I write.
You may be wondering what the signs were that I missed.
The largest sign, bright red, was that she did not want me to write anything that she found offensive. I'm a horror writer, yet here I went down a narrow road, in hopes to learn to write.
Another sign was she felt that genre writing was not real writing. Yet, I continued on.
So here I was a horror writer, a genre writer, attempting to write literary work, which I've never read and to be honest did not care to write at all. Yet, I continued on.
Did I learn anything? I believe I came away with a little knowledge. At the end, I knew more about using description to set the scene. But, most of all, I learned if you don't enjoy writing what you write, then there's not much point in it.
My point is for you to be cautious of the help you accept and follow. Not all help is good help. And believe me bad help is not better than any help at all.