Killer Writing Tip #1

When I started writing fiction, I wanted the words on the page to be good. I wanted readers to connect with the characters and get pulled into the story. It took time and effort for me to learn how to translate the snippets in my brain to well written sentences on the page. One thing I have going for me on my new found path as an author is that I love to learn. Along the way, on my journey one word at a time, I’ve built a tool box. One of my most favorite tools is the thesaurus collection written by the dynamite duo Angela and Becca. This is my personal collection

I’m here to share with you today some exciting news! The release of the newest thesaurus is just around the corner. More information here.

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I blasted through my advanced reader copy in no time and am thrilled to have discovered yet another way of looking at and developing both my characters and my storylines. Yes, just when you think there’s nothing left to learn, these two put a new spin on things. I understand if you are wary of writing tools. Trust me, I stick to what I feel in my gut and I dig into whatever natural talent I have. But, sometimes it helps to learn a new technique, try a new way of thinking about things, and get the brain tingling with ideas.

The reason I love the thesaurus collection so much is that they are easy to digest, well organized and can be used as references to go back to when you are stuck or need to elevate something.

To put the cherry on top, I’ve found these books helpful for any type of story or character, no matter how dark and twisted. After all, I do write about killers and demons.

Give any them of a whirl. I doubt you will be disappointed.

If you like it, stop on by Writers Helping Writers (free!) or One Stop for Writers (subscription).

Stay tuned for tip #2!

Corpse in a Cave

The third body

Hiding in a dark, wet cave

Crouched in a corner

Staring with a single, glassy eye

Peering through a wild tiger’s mane, voluminous and orange

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Legs pressing against tight pleather

Threatening to rip right through

Face thick with layers of cream

Like a papier mache doll

 

The third body, vacant, waiting, in the back of the dark, wet cave

 

For Detective Mahoney to discover the clues

Figure out their bizarre meanings

And piece them together

Creating a trail to a sick monster

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Website Makeover!!!

What’s been going on at Killers and Demons? Demon Julie has been busy revamping the entire site! Oh yes, you thought it was creepy before, well, take a look at the changes…

The front page has undergone major life altering surgery. For those that dare to enter, a dark journey will unfold including terrifying reviews and sneak peeks into the NEW 80s Metal Murder novel (Final Track),  a visit to a crime author panel where writers talk about murder and more, FREE download of the first few scenes of Final Track, FREE live readings, and more!

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You can now sign up for the Killers and Demons newsletter for your chance to be entertained by Demon Julie’s adventures, keep up to date on book releases, receive free stories, and more!

 

 

 

 

Live readings with Glam Demon Julie have been added to the Books section.

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Blog posts have been pumped out steady, providing a range of reads. Inspirational posts will charge your happy button and boost your Zen zone.

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The Corpse Poems series has launched with ‘The First Corpse’ – a dark look into the first murder scene in the 80s Metal Murder novel – Final Track.

 

 

 

The 80s Metal section has been fleshed out with a look into some rough and raw live music. Stay tuned for more accounts of beer soaked, sweat infused venues and glam gods.

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Story Time has been launched and is well underway. Let your spine be prickled and your bones chilled by Demon Julie as she reads to you from dark horror books by amazing authors.

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Oh, so much fun!!! Take a walk through the website for creepy readings, sneak peeks into the 80s Metal Murder crime series, blog posts of demon fun, and so much more!!!

Welcome to Story Time

Come on, come on, don’t be shy now…

Demon Julie is here to tell you a creepy story. Oh yes, let’s step back in time and pretend that mom or dad is telling us a bedtime story. A scary story. Doesn’t that sound delicious?

Come on in and lose yourself in raw emotion and terrifying events.

Oh yes, don’t hesitate, come along with me now…

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The recently launched Story Time with Demon Julie is the first in a spine prickling series of creepy readings featuring incredible authors of the dark and scary.

C’mon now, let Demon Julie into your room and she’ll tell you a scary story…

 

A Dose of Happy

Hello readers, little demons, and friends. How are you doing? No, really. How ARE you doing? I would love to know. Your comments are welcome.

This is a simple – hi, how are you? – post.

We are all bombarded by scary, negative information right now.
We are all unsure of what will happen next.
The world around us is trying to figure out what to do.

I know you want to go back to ‘normal’. To go out for a glass of wine with a friend in the afternoon. To take part in summer activities. To leisurely browse your favourite bookstore. We all have things we miss. Things we are craving! I would LOVE to go out for a dose of live music, dancing and socializing with friends. Oh yes, I have moments where I just want to claw my way out of these walls around me.

But, I need to have a little patience. We all need to have a little patience. With each other, and with ourselves.

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When our uneasiness becomes intolerable, when our anxiety swells, we must regroup. I know it’s hard. But, if the let our bad feelings and thoughts get away from us, we infect ourselves and our family members. The energy can even seep through the world wide web into our online virtual meetings and classes

I say we CHOOSE to be positive. Even when it gets tough. We can create our own sunshine filled patio with a dose of happy hour.

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Keeping Your Energy Positive

I know, I know, my little demons. This is a crazy time.

The news is overwhelming. It’s a constant stream, a bombardment of bad things, and a builder of stress. As you peruse the headlines, a ball of bad energy builds up inside of you. It’s too much.

Your entire life, routine, familiar flow has been totally disrupted. The roles you play have changed. Your day looks entirely different than it did before.

Your work, your projects, your passions have been turned upside down.

The future is unknown.

But…the future is always unknown. There will always be things that happen in life that disrupt our plan. Our normal way. Our flow. All of this has a significant impact on our ENERGY.

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We can CHOOSE how our energy is effected. Yes, we can.

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Redrum Prevention: Avoiding Your Own Redrum In Quarantine

It’s a crazy time. We’re all trying to digest and interpret what’s going on. We’re all trying to stay safe. We’re all going to be home, with our loved ones, a lot more than usual.We need to stay balanced and healthy during this time, and there a multiple dimensions to health – physical, mental and spiritual. How about we all keep our heads on straight, lower our anxiety, and keep our energy balanced and positive?20200320_101835.jpg

Being cooped up in such close quarters can mess with your mind, and your mood.I mean, look at what happened to Jack Torrence. He thought being a quiet and quaint setting would be good for his family. After all, he was only trying to get some writing done. We all saw how that turned out for Jack…Let’s all work together here…let’s prevent Redrum from happening in our houses.

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