Writing

Recently I stumbled across an interview with Justin Cronin, author of horror bestseller The Passage, on YouTube. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9cRQbeMsF0) In it he said this:
I have one rule with characters. I have to know what they're not telling anybody. If I know what they're not telling anybody, I really know who they are.
This is great stuff, and is something I need to keep in mind myself for my own writing.

Learn More!

Learn more about Justin Cronin and his writing here: http://enterthepassage.com/
Justin Cronin on Characterization
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Shadows Chapter 2 Comes out Tomorrow on Patreon

Shadows Chapter 2 Comes out Tomorrow on Patreon

It’s time for me to unleash the next chapter of my current horror novel in progress, Shadows Beneath Us, upon my Patrons. I hope you’re ready and have already signed up to be a Patron. It’s only $2 a month.

The Book

Shadows Beneath Us is about an heir to a large criminal organization who hears voices he thought he’d gotten rid of in the past, a little girl who just moved into a new town and is starting to see things in her shadow, and a family trying to escape captivity. But something deeper and more sinister is coming up through the shadows.

A Little Sample

Just in case you’re not yet convinced that you must absolutely read this novel here are a couple links to samples from the first two chapters:

Patreon

I am using a tool called Patreon to publish the story as I go along to my Patrons. This is a system that allows people like you to support content that you like. This is an amazing system and is a good example of the rise in alternative publishing options. Therefore, help me cut out the middle man and get the story directly to you.

So, become a Patron today and get access to the first 2 chapters first thing tomorrow morning.

https://www.patreon.com/jwdonley

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Chapter 1 is Set Loose Upon the World!

Chapter 1 is Set Loose Upon the World!

Well…

I finally went and did the thing.

That thing that I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time:

Share my stories with you

If you like a good scary story be sure to check out my Patreon.

Patreon is a platform that allows you, the reader, to support content that you like.

For only $2 a month you will get to read a new chapter of my current novel or a short story every single month.

Once I get a few more patrons I’ll record a little intro video of myself talking and stuff. (I’m a bit terrified of being in front of the camera, than alone in front of a video camera, so this is a big deal) So if you want to see my talking face talk about my writing on the internets head over to Patreon today and sign up!

https://www.patreon.com/jwdonley

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Help Me Write Stories!

Okay. So I want to write stories. I want people to read my stories. But for that to happen I actually have to sit down and write the stories. This is a ridiculously difficult thing to do. I’ve been working, on and off, for the past two years on a novel. Also, I’m finishing up a couple different short stories.

This is what I need. I need a way to be held accountable and also a way to share these stories with others, to share these stories with you.

Enter Patreon

Patreon is a wonderful platform. It’s based after an old Medieval practice of families of power and money paying artists to produce their art for them. These medieval patrons gained prestige for seeking out the best artists for their personal court.

Fast foward to now, and Patreon has found a way to put this same system into place. But in this case you don’t have to house and clothe me to help me produce my art. So, you only have to pay me the amount of a coffee each month. And when you become a paying patron I will give you one short story or one chapter from my novel every month. For only $3 a month you would be pressuring me (in a good way) to get my butt in the chair and write!

And, once I finish a novel or write enough short stories for a collection, I will find someway to reward my loyal patrons. This may be a free digital copy of the text, or a steep discount on the physical copy. I may even toy with some other possible rewards. If you’re interested, please let me know what sort of things you would like.

What Sort of Stories?

What kind of stories should you expect from me? Well, if you like a nice and spooky story you’ll most likely like my writing. I tend to enjoy reading H. P. Lovecraft, Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson, Mark Z. Danielewski, etc. Consequently, I imagine that anything I write may be along the lines of those writers. So be sure to watch for the first chapter of my novel on August 1st. So, become a Patron, help to encourage my writing.

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