An aspiring writer of horror and thrillers who loves to share knowledge about writing.
Posted in Writing on 2014/02/16
It’s been a while since I last posted, and much has happened in that time. I’m currently writing my thesis for my MA in Literature and Creative Writing. It’s a collection of short stories that will be accompanied by a critical essay, and in this essay I have to explore why I write what I […]
Posted in Uncategorized on 2012/02/17
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Posted in Writing on 2011/12/09
Here are some prompts to get that creative blood pumping through your writing veins: – Pick your least favorite book from your collection, use the first line of this book to start your own story in a the horror genre. – What color is the room you are sitting painted? What color could it be […]
Stephen King is synonymous with horror. There are few authors who can compare when it comes to his skill, number of books written and number of books sold. So why do I love Stephen King? Here are five reasons: (1) He spooked an entire generation When King write ‘IT’, I wonder if he knew that […]
Posted in Writing on 2011/11/10
If you want to write poetry, you need to read it. The good and the bad! When reading poetry your mind instinctively judges the poems. This doesn’t mean that it is or isn’t worth reading for everyone, but for you it’s important to listen to your instincts. By reading a variety of poetry you will […]
A good horror story has well-organized timing and pacing. Think of writing horror as being a magician. You don’t want to reveal all your tricks at the start of the show and then have the crowd walk out halfway through. You also don’t want the opposite to happen – bore the reader while you […]
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Having a hard time getting your story to the level that you want it to be at? Struggling to sell it or to get positive feedback? As writers, we often feel too strongly about some things and not strongly enough about others, so a fair amount of errors can be grouped under ‘over doing it’ […]
What makes one story give it’s readers a cold chill or makes them leave the light on while another story makes them yawn? It is important to remember that if your character’s fear is not believable then your reader will not be scared. Your reader experiences the story through your characters, they see what your […]
Writing a horror story that is based on a ‘monster’ can be difficult. Gone are the days where readers are shocked by an amorphous blob, a resurrected dinosaur or a giant gorilla. Today’s readers’ need something more, they need a fine balance between something that is both ‘real’ enough to be possible and strange enough […]