Three Essential Writing Techniques from Stoker’s Dracula and the Epistolary Narrative

I’ve been working on this article since June and am happy to finally share it with my fellow writers and Stoker fans. I was really inspired after reading it.

Read the article here.


The Ups and Downs of A Long-Term Project

Having a long-term project is so intimidating. I hate it when you’ve been working on something for such a long while and you suddenly go into that state of, “Oh shit…Is everything I’ve done so far just garbage?” I DESPISE those thoughts. I can fight them back, but I don’t do it in an aggressive way anymore where I’m beating myself up. I check in with the emotion: self-doubt. After addressing the emotion, I look at what I’m bothered by objectively: I’m not comfortable with what I just wrote and now I’m worried. Then, I think about what is within my control: (1) Review the big picture of the project then hone in on the details, (2) Remind myself that I have the experience to handle the situation, (3) Panic and give up, (4) Put myself down harshly, then give up, (5) Take a break and try again later. Lastly, I pick my choices.

I’ve been writing about Stoker’s writing style and Dracula since the beginning of June and I had some panic moments, but I got through them. I selected choice 1 and 2 and got through to the end of the article. Even though it is a long article, I was happy to discover that what I created may help aspiring horror writers out there. I’m quite glad.

Anyway, this is my way of announcing that a new article is coming out soon, I’ll create a literature study section on my website promptly, and that Stoicism fucking rules. This will be my first literature article, but if you want to see my other articles about metaphysics and other weird stuff, click here.

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A Horror Short Story is Coming

I was hesitant at first, but I finally have mapped out the plot for my first horror short story that takes place in the world of my novel series. I thought maybe it would’ve been wiser to pick a story that’s more basic, but I think this will be a great way to start world building.

Once I think of a good summary, I shall post it.

So, here’s what’s been going on…

Sorry. I kind of fell off of WordPress again without meaning to. I don’t know why, but it seems like it takes less energy to just make a quick post on social media than it does posting on here.

Anyway, many awesome things have happened. First draft complete, as shown via Instagram.

Okay, it wasn’t really “done” done at this time…I was frustrated lol. But after getting past some printing complications, which required using up two whole cartridges of black ink…and fighting headaches/migraines…

…Then creating a fun Editing Key for the novel and to make myself happy again…

I finally printed the first draft manuscript in its entirety, reaching a proud 470 pages and 130792 words.

I’m incredibly proud of the work I’ve done, but there’s much more to come. I’ll be sharing my creative projects more frequently now that the first draft is complete. More music, more art, more writing, more everything. I’m excited to share with you all.

I probably should stop announcing it and just do it.

Yeah. Get ready.

First Draft Progress: Four Days Until Deadline

Words Written Today: 1132 Words (I did more editing/rereading than writing to prepare for the ending lol)
Approx Total Word Count: 115k Words

If I were to guess how many chapters were left, I’d say about…three to four and only one of them will be much longer than the rest of them. Then I have to rewrite the prologue. We’ll see.

First Draft Progress – One More Week!

Words Written The Last Couple of Days: About 3576 words
Total Word Count Is About: 114,149 words

So close to the end. While writing, I realized I need more scifi literature in my life. I have some, but not enough. Because…aliens. Are aliens even really that alien? They’re just another species in a different part of the universe. Humans can be considered aliens. Well, whatever, I just want to write about a telepathic species from a higher dimension and for it to not sound…awkward? I think that’s the word I’m looking for.

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First Draft Progress – 11 Days Until Deadline

Words Written Today: 2616 words
Word Count Total: 108,049

A little research on mythology, but mostly writing today. I had a tiny “writer’s block”, if those are even real, and successfully conquered it. It got me thinking about character arcs and making sure I do them right.

I’m so tired, but today was a fabulous day.

Do you think writer blocks are real? I don’t think they are anymore lol.