Review of The Road

The last book I had finished was The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It had taken me about a week and a half to finish. At first, as I was in the beginning, reading through the first couple of pages, I felt a little hesitant to continue on. It seemed I couldn’t connect much to the voice and his way of writing style. I’d say when I read a book, the style and tone of it is what keeps me going on, but this seemed a bit flat and boring.

However, as I got passed I’d say about fifty pages I felt much more connected to the story and the characters. I felt entirely bad for the father and the son, and I couldn’t bear to think of living in a world like that. I thought the way the world had been described and how it went down hill was done well. I could picture the end of the world before my very eyes.

As I read through and through I was rooting for the boy and his father to live and find a way to live without fear in this new world. The relationship of the father and son was written just perfectly in my opinion, and I thought every father should act the way he had in any situation like it.

By the ending hit, I knew what was coming; I had seen the movie before I had read the book and I knew the father was going to die, however it still got me. I felt utterly sad and lost after, and it seemed I couldn’t do anything once I finished. The child losing the only person he had left in the world, a father who he had looked utterly up to, was full heart-wrenching.

Overall, this was a tragic novel, and I enjoyed reading it. Even as I felt hesitant, I still continued to read on, and I’m glad I did. It was a great post-apocalyptic story!

❤ T. A. Nelson

I’m a horror writer working on books who’s in the query stage. Follow me on here as well as on Twitter @WriterInHorror and Wattpad @livinginmymindgirl 

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son’s fight to survive.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

What to do When you Feel Down About Your Writing

Being a writer, we all have that moment in time when we feel our writing just down right sucks. But that’s okay I imagine it has/ will happen to all of us, even to the well-known famous authors. IT’S NORMAL. So, to help you get out of the funk, here are a few tips I have tried and believe might help you get over it.

1.  STEP AWAY

As soon as it happens step away! Step away from your project and don’t dive back into it until you are fully recovered.

2.  RELAX AND FOCUS ON SOMETHING ELSE

You need to not think about it. And I mean NOT AT ALL or it will only worsen your insecurities toward your project. Do something that you like. Do something that fully relaxes you. Read, watch tv, hang out with friends/family, take a walk, etc. You have to do something to release the stress physically and most importantly mentally.

3. WORK ON ANOTHER PROJECT

Work on something else. Just because you feel one project might not feel like it’s working at the moment doesn’t mean you should give up on writing period. You need to keep going at it and maybe as you are writing something else once you go back to your previously project you might see it through a better, fresh set of eyes!

4. WATCH/READ INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS 

Lastly, what I believe might help is watching a video about your favorite author or other authors who talk about when they felt at their lowest with their writing and see how they got back up again and succeeded. This has always given me strength to continue and keep on going with my writing and to not ever look back. Because of this, I have even seen my favorite authors had days where I felt just as low as they did.

That is all! I hope you’d enjoyed reading my little tips and I hope this has helped! Thank you so much for reading and make sure you follow me on here as well as on Twitter @WriterInHorror and Wattpad @livinginmymindgirl 

❤ T. A. Nelson