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Top Ten Tips For Writing Good Horror
By Alan To
Want to write the perfect horror story? Here are ten
useful tips for you.
Try to be original
The more different you make your story, the more it will
appeal to publishers and readers.
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.
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.
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.
Study the classic horror novels
Bram Stoker's DRACULA and Mary Shelly's FRANKENSTEIN are
perfect examples of how good horror novels should be
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.
Do not rush your work as the urge to get published gets
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.
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
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!
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.
© Copyright Alan To. All Rights Reserved.
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