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Teen writer Michael Hall goes supernatural with ‘Apartment 13A’

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At just 15 years old, Michael Hall is making his way as a teen writer with a lot to say. Read on to learn more about his advice for writers, young and old.

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Q: Tell us about your current project.
A: My most recent story is “Apartment 13A,” which is a novella I wrote in 2014 and expanded in 2015. It’s the result of watching “The Shining” and reading Stephen King and other supernatural/paranormal stories and books. What I think sets it apart is that the apartment is more than haunted. It’s the dwelling place for an evil supernatural force.

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Michael Hall

Q: What advice do you have for young writers?

A: I would say to never, ever change your writing style or your writing content to please others. Write what you want, don’t write specific genres to attract the fame, popularity and money.

Q: What challenges have you faced in your writing ventures so far?

A: Well, for me writing was a long road. I started when I was about 10 years old. And by the time I was 10, I was reading virtually non-stop. And so I began to want to tell my own stories over the course of my childhood. I tried writing when I was ten and  I loved it. But my story ideas were undeveloped. I wrote my first story in years called “When All Hell Broke Loose” — a story I will never release to the public but I learned a lot by writing it and by examining it. I went on to write other stories and novellas, most of which are available to read on Wattpad. My username is MichaelHallWritting.

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Q: Why did you choose the self-publishing route?

A: I was craving to see my book in a physical copy and I found Lulu Press Inc. and sparks flew. Originally, I just wanted to get a copy for myself and maybe one or two for my family, but then I realized that since I already copyrighted it that I could self-publish it and so I did.  The confidence required to self-publish was just something I’ve always had. Yeah, I’m not the best writer out there, but really is anyone the best writer? And I’m getting better everyday so I just know that I’m happy doing what I love and what other people may say about me or my work is irrelevant.

Q: Where do you find your inspiration?

A: I get my inspiration from the same place that I think many, if not most creative people get theirs from; it’s this incredible thing called life.

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Q: What can young writers teach veteran writers?

A: I think that new or younger writers can teach older writers about many things, but also older writers can teach younger/new writers as well. Young writers can teach the older writer about new figures of speech and grammatical developments. For instance, a long time ago the rule of never starting a sentence with a conjunction was a firm rule. Now may writers do it regularly in our writing. But the older writer could, and probably would, remind us that there’s a risk of doing it too often and it might give your work a run-on feel to it.

Q: Where can readers find your work?

A: Everyone can find me on Wattpad, Amazon, Facebook and on Instagram @MichaelHallWritingOfficial.

 

Kerri S. Mabee

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