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Myriad Now Free!

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Myriad Free Online!

My young adult fantasy novella Myriad is available free on Amazon and iTunes. Hopefully Barnes & Noble to follow soon! Please download it and have a look!

Book Description

After the tragic loss of his wife and child, Myriad Markwin began tormenting the Royal family of Prentor. For eighteen years, he’d mercilessly killed people in the castle on the Princess’ birthday. But this year, he wasn’t settling for servants or guards. He was going to kill the Royal family themselves. A group of warlocks and witches was out to stop him, but a young newcomer to them, Kalin, was proving the most trouble…

Kalin has denied his magic for years, but suddenly finds himself in a battle with one of the most powerful warlocks that has ever lived. He has to face up to things about himself he never knew, to try and save the Royal family from murder. With his new friends helping him, and a new love enchanting him, can he stop the coming bloodshed? Will he survive the fight of his life?

This is a NOVELLA of approximately 26,000 words.

Criticism

There’s a funny thing about criticism. Think about your favourite book, your favourite song. Think about how much you love it, how you drank in every word, every note, and you loved it with all of your heart. How it meant so much to you. How it warmed your heart and soul, and you thought it was perfect, just as it was.

There would definitely be people who would hear that same song, read that same book, and find a lot of things wrong with it. Those people would find faults, errors, flaws, areas where they think that book or song you love so much is lacking. They might find it boring. They might find it repetitive. They might hate it.

Who should the writer listen to, when deciding what to do with their work? Those that love it, or those that find flaws? The fans or the critics? The opinions of both sides is valid. It’s not as if the critics are completely wrong, and the fans are completely right. But who should the writer listen to? Who are they trying to please?

I think, at the end of the day, it’s up to the writer. Their heart. Their soul. Their love. What do THEY want to read, what do THEY want to listen to. What warms their heart? I’m not saying the writer is better than anyone, but of course their own opinion is what should come first, when writing, creating, editing. If they please the critics, but hate the end result, is the work part of them anymore? Or is it a combination of the harsh thoughts of others?

Think about that favourite book or song again. What if, before it was released, the writer listened to some people who hated it, and changed it? Made it something completely different? Wouldn’t you think that was a terrible shame?

There are those that love your work, just as it is. Of course, edit it. Refine it. Improve it. But for those that want you to rip it apart, tear it up, change it completely, stop and think about your fans. There are those that love your work, just as it is. Don’t break their heart, while you’re breaking your own.