Who says only kidlets get to go trick or treating today? Pull on your favorite scary costume, don your glittery makeup, and let’s see what’s in the neighborhood for readers and writers. Warning: Be sure to take your flashlight and stay out of traffic. Fill your bag with treats, but watch out for the tricksters!
TRICK OR TREAT FOR WRITERS
Muse dances your story down the wrong path into a dark, scary forest you can’t escape.
Hero finally realizes it’s not indigestion burning in his chest, but love for his heroine.
Heroine hides in the pumpkin patch and refuses to come out and play.
The Cover Goddess of the Meadow blesses your new release.
Wicked critique partners slash and burn through your weekly page offering.
Chapter is finished in record time and pronounced “perfect” by the villagers.
The editorial wizard who understands you and your writing has the gall to go on maternity leave in a distant castle far, far away.
You type “The End” on page 425 of your tome and the angels weep for its beauty.
Your computer crashes, taking three months of unsaved work to the fire pits of Hell.
Your tome tops the N.Y. Times Best-Sellers List proving magic does drip from your fingertips.
TRICK OR TREAT FOR READERS
The next tome in the series you’re waiting for is lost in a scheduling shipwreck on the high seas.
The villain in the scary story you’re reading is so real, he slinks out of the shadows behind the fainting couch and grabs you by the throat.
You get to the end of the tome only to discover the story sailed off without you and you have no choice but to buy a berth on the next ship to finish your journey.
The local tomestore has a 50% off sale on all of the tomes you want to buy.
Editorial Gremlins drive you crazy littering the tome you’re reading with typos and grammatical mistakes designed to drag you down into a viscous bog.
You not only meet the model who posed for that sizzling tome cover you love so much but you get your own clinch picture taken with him, sans shirt.
The heroine in the tome you’re reading is TSTL (Too Stupid to Live) and should be eaten by the nearest fire-breathing dragon…with catsup.
Each of the tomes on your cobwebby Keeper Shelf is autographed, capturing the author’s soul in ink forever.
A favorite author travels to a new genreland filled with trolls you can’t abide and you’re unable to follow her.
The N.Y. Times best-selling tome-writer you love talks to you regularly from the ether cloud and invites you to sit beside her in the inner castle.