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Write Like Stephen King: 10 Ways to Write 2,000 Words a Day

Write Like Stephen King: 10 Ways to Write 2,000 Words a Day
About The Author Sean Platt is a husband, father, and entrepreneur. Sean is co-founder of the Collective Inkwell and Realm & Sands imprints, speaker, and author, with breakout indie hits such as Yesterday’s Gone, WhiteSpace, Unicorn Western and The Beam, as well as traditionally published titles Z 2134 and Monstrous. Starting more than a year before Amazon launched “Amazon Serials,” Sean and creative partner David Wright launched four serials, plus a series of shorts, maintaining a weekly release schedule throughout 2012. Inspired as much by Stephen King’s serialized novel, “The Green Mile,” as they are scripted TV shows like LOST, Fringe, The Wire, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Sean and Dave wanted to create a fresh experience for Kindle and other e-reading devices. On May 24, 2013 Sean launched Realm & Sands with Johnny B.

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