Don’t Read Bad Stories

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Some people say it’s good to read bad stories because they show you what not to do if you’re a writer, and they also help you appreciate the art of storytelling and how hard it is to write a good story. Being the obsessively avid reader I am, I’ve read tons of great stories, as well as a fair share of horrible stories.

When I was younger, I always heard that you should finish a book, no matter how bad it was, but all that led to were countless nights of boredom and torture. I regret it all.

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How To Know You’re Reading An Unforgettable Book

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To me, reading has always been a sacred pastime, filled with delight and adventure on every page we turn. Of course, not every book out there is a thrill, and some can even read like a computer manual. But with so many great books lurking in the world, how do you know what makes a certain book stand out from the rest? How do you know when a book will be permanently etched within the depths of your brain until the end of time?

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What Makes A Book Good? By Ashtyn Stann

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Hey guys, we’re going to do something a little different today. Today we have a guest blog post by Ashtyn Stann, who is a obsessively rampaging reader and book blogger. She does awesome book blogging at her website Wonderland’s Reader, and you should follow her on Twitter if you’re not already @AshtynStann. Since she has read *counts on fingers, toes, teeth, blades of grass, loses count* an unbelievable amount of books and reading is her specialty, she’s here to tell us what exactly makes a book good. So cue the overly dramatic drumroll, pop some popcorn, and let’s get this party started. Take it away Ashtyn…

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Why I Write Fantasy

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The world we live in is vast, full of possibilities, and it’s a unique place with unique people. But let’s be honest: it can also be a really boring place to live. It can suck the hope from your body and parade it around in front of you like a child with a new Christmas present.

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Announcing My Newest Project

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Okay, do you remember when I started writing a novel a few months ago? Well I’m in the process of revising it at this moment, and I hope to turn it into a sparkling jewel of a story. But while it’s in the revision stages, I have another project I’ve been carefully crafting these past few weeks. Continue reading

The Influence Of Characters

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There is no better feeling than reading a good book. Books are handheld portals that send us to worlds we never knew existed. As readers, we become enchanted by the spellbinding powers contained on every page.

When you think about your favorite book, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Nine times out of ten, the answer is usually a character. Just think about it, the greatest books aren’t really remembered for their plot, but for their characters. I can’t explain why, but there’s just something about a well-written character that hooks and reels us in. Maybe it’s because within them, we see a piece of ourselves.

Let’s take a look at the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The first thing we think about are the characters. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Malfoy, Snape, Hagrid, and Dumbledore are all unique and have something special to offer us. The story of Harry Potter is extraordinary, yet the characters outshine it. Characters become best friends with the reader as they journey together from the first page to the very last. Together, we share hearty chuckles and cry painful tears. We’re put under a spell by their authenticity and sometimes know them better than they know themselves. Like a friend in real life, they may do something shocking and we say we’ll never forgive them, yet we do so anyway. It’s true love. We root for characters and hope they achieve their dreams, the same way we hope to achieve our own one day.

The same trend of character is used with movies and tv shows. When you think about your favorite movie or tv show, the characters come to mind right away. The Joker from Batman, Jack Bauer from 24, and Peter Griffin from Family Guy all have a seductive aspect to them, making us fall head over heels.

Who is a character that has impacted you and made you feel attached? What is it about them that you love so much? Leave a comment below.