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Today, find out more about FREQUENCY.
About the Book
by Christopher Krovatin
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: October 2nd 2018
Five years ago, Fiona was just a kid. But everything changed the night the Pit Viper came to town. Sure, he rid the quiet, idyllic suburb of Hamm of its darkest problems. But Fiona witnessed something much, much worse from Hamm’s adults when they drove him away.
And now, the Pit Viper is back.
Fiona’s not just a kid anymore. She can handle the darkness she sees in the Pit Viper, a DJ whose wicked tattoos, quiet anger, and hypnotic music seem to speak to every teen in town…except her. She can handle watching as each of her friends seems to be overcome, nearly possessed by the music. She can even handle her unnerving suspicion that the DJ is hell-bent on revenge.
But she’s not sure she can handle falling in love with him.
Guest Post by the Author
How To Get Past Writer’s Block
By Chris Krovatin
In the words of Thomas Mann, “A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for others.” This is important to understanding writer’s block: it’s a thing that every writer has had to deal with, no matter what anyone tells you. It comes with not simply wanting to tell a story, but to tell it right. So if you’ve ever found yourself sitting at your desk and staring at your screen or page or notebook, and thinking, Oh NO, don’t despair. We’ve all been there.
What I don’t believe in is that big, romantic, insurmountable writer’s block that some writer claim to have, that epic mental clog that causes you to put off writing for months on end. That sounds like not wanting to write to me, and not wanting to write is a silly reason to stop writing. Honestly, I don’t want to write most of the time, I just want to have written, and collect my advance, and go have lunch. Writing is work, and no matter how much you might love your work, it’s not always fun.
So, if writer’s block is part of being a writer, and being a writer is work, then getting past writer’s block has to be part of that work. You can’t just wait for writer’s block to clear up, you have to get past here. That process is different for everyone, but here are a couple of things that help me.
First, take a walk alone. Carve out a period of time where you just walk around somewhere. Walking lets you observe the world, and those observations can help kickstart new ideas. And by walking alone, you only have yourself to talk to, and so can begin an internal dialogue with yourself that can help massage the knots out of your writing process.
Take a shower. No, seriously. The shower is like an isolation booth where you get to be naked and sound great singing showtunes. It strips away all pretense and lets you just be a naked, singing mammal. That’s a good way to get over all the flowery language and original ideas in your head and get to the human core of your writing.
Do something new, strange, or uncomfortable. The only true fuel for writing is life, and if you feel stuck, it might be because you need to try a new brand of fuel. Do something you’ve never done before, or don’t want to do. Do you hate the DMV? Go renew your registration. Are you afraid of rats? Go to a pet store and hold a rat. Those raw emotions and life experiences will help kick your brain into high gear, and will help you know yourself better—all of which gives you something to write.
Do the dishes. Much like a shower or a walk, a round of dishes allows you to get in your own head while performing a simple task. And hey, if you’re done and still have writer’s block, at least you have clean dishes.
Write. Sit down, shut up, and write through it. Write a bunch of stuff for your big project, and if it sucks, delete it and start over. Not feeling that? Wll, write ANYTHING else. Write a diary entry, or a short story, or something you thought about the TV show last night. If you’re not writing because your block won’t let your write exactly what you want to write, then that’s not writer’s block. That’s on you.
About the Author
Chris Krovatin is an author and journalist of some ill repute. His past novels include Heavy Metal & You, Venomous, and the Gravediggers series. He is a contributor to Revolver Magazine and MetalSucks.net, and formerly sang in Brooklyn-based metal band Flaming Tusk. He is an avid fan of weird fiction, the occult, horror movies, heavy metal music, and Halloween. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Denver, Colorado.
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