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Top Ten Tips For Writing Good Horror Fiction
By Alan To

Want to write the perfect horror story? Here are ten useful tips for you.

1. Try to be original

The more different you make your story, the more it will appeal to publishers and readers.

2. Plan your story in advance

There is nothing worse than coming to a dead end halfway through your story due to a sudden writer's block.

3. Create strong, identifiable characters

Give them a goal and throw obstacle after obstacle at them. If you don't care about your characters, your readers certainly won't, and will discard your story with a weary yawn! There is nothing worse than shallow, cardboard characters in a story.

4. Read the masters of horror fiction to gain a good, broad idea of what works and what doesn't

There are many outstanding horror writers you can study, artists who have mastered the craft, especially Stephen King, James Herbert and H.P. Lovecraft.

5. Study the classic horror novels

Bram Stoker's DRACULA and Mary Shelly's FRANKENSTEIN are perfect examples of how good horror novels should be constructed.

6. Do your research thoroughly

If you are writing a vampire story, read EVERYTHING about them. If you are writing a ghost story, familiarise yourself with the work of paranormal investigators.

7. Do not rush your work as the urge to get published gets stronger

Remember, if your story is sloppy and rushed, your readers will soon notice it! So take your time to perfect everything before you submit your manuscript, from getting your character profiles right to creating the BEST ending you possible can.

8. Read, read, read EVERYTHING you can

Not just horror, but other books you like as well. The more you read, the more you will get a good feel and knowledge of how novels and short stories are put together.

9. Try to pick a subject that scares you personally

If, say, spiders are your number one fear, then get all your emotions down on paper about them. Remember: the more emotional power you pack into your prose, the more the readers will become terrified with you. They will FEEL your horror as they absorb each terrifying word, and become scared to death with you!

10. Finally, make sure your masterpiece has no spelling mistakes or other grammatical failings which may dissuade a publisher or agent from taking your work on

You MUST make your story or novel as neatly and professionally presented as possible.


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Copyright Alan To. All Rights Reserved.



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