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October Overture

Samhain

Merry meet all,

I love October. I loved the sunset tonight, the energy in the air, the Hallowe’en decorations outdoors on peoples’ porches, the shining crescent moon in the sky, the phone calls from my friends. The candy I ate before riding the bus and the cool books on discount at the library. One book is about vampires written by Michelle Belanger and the other was about astrology. Love it, love it.

I thought that a cool thing to do this year on this blog is to hold a horror story flash fiction challenge. I want you to scribble your most genius, most dark, most horrifying stories and yes, you will get to submit them here. I sincerely hope you take up this call to write. C;mon, it’s October. It’s a lifestyle, not a holiday. Or at least it is to me. Be sure to munch on candy corn and sip cider as you rack your genius minds. It is not a competition. I find that word intimidating. However, be tasteful in the horror you write. Nothing too too obscene. But I look forward to reading them. Please send stories. They will be posted here all month!! until the end of the first week of November. So sharpen your pencils!! 

In the meantime, I shall post suggestions on decorations and recipes here. There will be Samhain lore and some Halloween poems. If you want some spooky tunes, you can always download them for free. 

I downloaded the theme music from Sleepy Hollow directed by Tim Burton- a Halloween classic movie. The dollar stores are chock full with all kinds of goodies for decorations, costumes, cooking. If you stalk the aisles now, you might score some cool finds. Check thrift stores. I bought this cool mat at Pier 1 imports. The charm of Samhain is one, storing what you had last year for decoration and finding it again, unless you’re like me and it looks like Samhain all year round. You can find good stuff at cheap stores. Don’t spend a fortune. Browse the past posts for ideas on how to celebrate Samhain in killer style. You could make a cool candle, invent an incense recipe, write your own Samhain ritual. Have fun. October 31 is a few weeks away but I know you’ll be counting the hours, minutes, and seconds down to the 31. 

Blessed be,

Lady Spiderwitch

P.S. Yes, the welcome mat will be on my floor year round.

 Catty welcome mat

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How to Write a creative Paranormal Novel

Merry Meet All,

Currently I’m penning a paranormal novel. I won’t say what it’s about. That’s a secret for now. However, I do have some ideas on how you can create your own spooky novel that are hopefully inspiring, practical and will bring out the Stephen King or Edgar Allan Poe in you.

Everyone has a different approach to their writing. People have different approaches to how they start their writing. Why not add some magic? We are talking about writing about the paranormal, aren’t we?

First, if you are serious about your writing, I recommend you buy or borrow or beg to be gifted with a few books. One, read On Writing by Stephen King. Two, On writing Horror the collection of essays by the Horror Writers Association. Three, read Writing the Paranormal Novel- Techniques and Exercises for weaving the supernatural elements into your story by Steven Harper. These books bring the paranormal (howling, moaning, screaming or vamping into your novel.) Within this genre, there is more freedom to create what you want whether that be a sparkly vampire, toothy werewolf or chain rattling ghost.

After you read these books three or four more times, highlight the advice and memorize it. Incorporate the excellent advice into your writing immediately after because in order for a good story about a ghoul of choice to be believed, it has to be believable and written well. All stories benefit from good writing. Buy a new set of highlighters, pens, white out, a binder, paper and a fresh bag of coffee. Do what it takes to make you commit to the writing for the long haul.

Clean your writing/ office space. Light some sage and clean the energy to allow for the creative energies to flow unimpeded. Light a candle or incense. Play music that inspires you as you create your ghoul or axe-wielding maniac. Create a special playlist and soundtrack. Know your monster! make it consistent and believable.

Use tarot cards for inspiration. Keep them nearby when writing for ideas on how to write your story. I used four different cards of death from four different tarot packs and was able to create more dramatic scenes from the images, symbols and meanings of the cards.

Reach without any hesitation into the deepest darkest part of your imagination. Free write a scene of confrontation between your protagonist and your monster. These days your Frankenstein so to speak, needs to be ORIGINAL. Everything in the paranormal novel has been done … or has it? That part is up to you. It must be original. If you are seeking more inspiration, read the paper. Clip and keep newspaper articles.

But by allowing yourself to imagine, you may invent something that no one has done before. That is a huge advantage in the field of writing and publishing.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this. It might spark an idea or two and you would then be on your way to writing a gothic novel like Northanger Abbey or something like the Pit and the Pendulum by Poe.

Good Luck!
Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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