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How to Write a Horror Story, Writing Horror

If you want to learn how to chill the blood and raise goose bumps with a great horror story, then look no further. You’ll find methods for creating fearsome fiction and terrifying tales. Create monsters and psychos that will scare readers to death.

Steve Berry’s 8 Rules of Writing

Bestselling thriller writer Steve Berry says there are eight key rules that all writers must know and follow. Read more

Don’t Use Adverbs and Adjectives to Prettify Your Prose

Learn how adjective and adverbs create redundancy and promote lazy writing and see how you can make your writing direct, vivid, and descriptive without making your readers want to get rid of your book.

by William Noble

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Opening Scenes: An Overview

Read Chapter 2, Opening Scenes: An Overview from Hooked Read more

November is National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month.

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Fiction: Point of View

How many times have you heard this around the workshop table: “Why don’t you consider a new point of view?” (Actually, the term used more often is “POV” because it sounds a lot cooler, I suspect.) Everyone then agrees that a new POV might help matters, including the writer, who knew something was wrong and is now relieved to have a likely suspect.
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9 Tricks to Writing Suspense Fiction

A veteran suspense-fiction author shares nine killer tricks to help you improve a genre that can be difficult to master.

by Simon Wood
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Principles of Building a Story

Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel. Read more

From First Draft to Finish Novel

A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building Read more

Look at the Dead Person

Fred McGavran’s "Look at the Dead Person" took first place in the Horror category of the 2008 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. To read the grand-prize winning entry and other first-place finishers, click here. Read more

Defining and Developing Your Anti-Hero

Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell. Read more

The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

by Bonnie Trenga Read more

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

Publish Your First Book After 50

Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.

By Scott Hoffman
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The Popular Fiction Report

What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.

PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions. Read more

8 Basic Writing Blunders

These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.

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5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction

5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction Read more

The Character of Horror

Tina Jens, author of Diagnosis: Terminal, explains how she starts working on character development. Read more

Grit, Wit and “It”

Work one or all three of these important traits into your lead character and create a hero worthy of remembrance. Read more

This Side of Reality

Hanh Hoang’s haunting tale evokes a parental nightmare—and lands her short short story on top of the heap. Read more

Jump Off the Page

These three characteristics are essential to bringing your protagonist to life. Read more

Gothic

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How to Create Haunting Imagery

Shelia Bender’s use of bantus to spark your writing with imagery. Read more

Horror

Horror Read more

Tips for Keeping Your Readers Hooked

Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet give this advice to writers trying to create delightful twists in their stories. Read more

First Success: Jim Brown’s 24/7

“Hopefully, the interest in reality television will cause people to pick up the book, and hopefully it will be the story that keeps them reading and coming back for more.” Read more

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