6 Movies that ruined my childhood

In my childhood, horror movies were strictly off-limits. Usually, if I wanted to see one, I’d have to go to a friends house and even then it was unlikely. Once in a while my brother might rent one and let me watch it with him. Also rare. Overall, I never watched many horror movies growing up. However, you don’t need a horror movie to freak you out as a kid. My vast and untamed childhood imagination did all the work for me with a little push from any unsuspecting movie. Let’s look at some of the movies that freaked me out as a child.

How to know genre like a pro

One of the greatest mistakes a fiction writer can make is not understanding the genre they are writing in. Most writers have a general idea of genre. Some are hands down obsessed with the nooks and crannies of it. However, only a handful of writers really get the tropes, conventions, and expectations built within any genre.

Genre is expectation. It’s the audience’s expectations of the writer. From front to back, the audience wants to know exactly what they’re getting into. That’s genre.

Since the last thing you want to do is ruin their audiences experience, let’s dig into how you can avoid it. Here are some ways to help you understand your genre.

Sci-fi Novel ‘Of Song and Singularity’ is Now on Kindle Unlimited

I’m happy to announce that my science fiction novel, Of Song and Singularity, is now available on Kindle Unlimited. Allowing people to have access to thousands of titles, Kindle Unlimited is essentially Netflix for books. Voracious readers would find it the most enticing as they can read as much as they want. So, whether you’re already signed up or want to sign up for my book, it’s now easier than ever to access my books.

Of Song and Singularity is a young adult science fiction novel about Wrenna, a teenager living in a utopian world governed by an artificially intelligent being. But not all is truly right with her world and her cozy, luxurious lifestyle will be turned on its head before too long. In order to survive the vicious realities of her world, she must put her trust in her father and the people she meets along her journey. But ultimately she must put more trust in herself. 

So, why bring it to Kindle Unlimited? Well, Kindle Unlimited provides a unique opportunity for authors to connect with their readers in a way they haven’t ever before. By giving Kindle Unlimited readers access to Of Song and Singularity, I’m able to provide this product to more readers and also able to give current readers access to it as well. It’s an all around win-win situation. I think Kindle Unlimited is just another great tool for authors to utilize and considering Amazon’s larger reader ecosystem, it felt like a no-brainer.

Do the Twist

Everybody loves a twist ending. They make for fun, interesting, and satisfying stories, and usually make you think about a story well after you’ve finished it. Of course, stories with twist endings can wear out their welcome (see: M. Night Shyamalan), but for the most part people love a good twist.

YouTuber Wolfcrow breaks down how to create a twist ending in six steps in his video, using a Yin/Yang paradigm. It’s a basic formula that he doesn’t dive too deeply into but gives you the bare essentials to get started. If you’re looking to write a story with a twist, then this video will help get you started.

The Internet Warriors

Trolls are everywhere, lurking at every corner of the internet. We’ve all dealt with them at one time or the other, or maybe we were them without even thinking about it. There’s something about the internet that suppresses man’s empathy and makes them cruel and vicious especially surrounding certain topics, like, you know, politics.

Recently, The Guardian released a compelling short documentary called The Internet Warriors by Director Kyrre Lien, interviewing people all over the world that have written some of the most hateful and angry comments you could think of. It’s a fantastic documentary that’ll surely make your heart wrench and your stomach feel sick. It ends on a somewhat optimistic note but that’s mostly overshadowed by the rest of it. Enjoy.

Video courtesy of: The Guardian