Gwendolyn Kiste: On Reimagining Classic Gothic Novels
Award-winning author Gwendolyn Kiste discusses how she gave voice to silenced characters from classic gothic novels in her new novel, Reluctant Immortals.
How (and Why) To Write Horror That Feels Like It Could Really Happen
Author Michael J. Seidlinger shares what makes our reality perfect fodder for horror, and how to write horror that feels like it could really happen.
Michael J. Seidlinger: On Asking Questions in Horror
Author Michael J. Seidlinger discusses the writing process of his new literary horror novel, Anybody Home?
Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction
From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.
How to Write Unique Horror Fiction When Every Trope Has Already Been Used
Award-winning novelist Richard Thomas shares how to breathe fresh life into your horror stories without relying on well-worn tropes.
3 Things to Learn About Writing From Reading The Comfort of Strangers
To add more suspense and a feeling of unease to your work in progress, a close read of Ian McEwan's The Comfort of Strangers offers plenty to learn from.
Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Trying to Shock Without Value
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is trying to shock without value.
FightWrite™: Why Writers Should Copy Fight Scene Formats
You should never copy anyone else's work ... right? Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch explains why that's not necessarily the case when writing a fight scene.
FightWrite™: How Do People Who Don’t Know How to Fight, Fight?
If your character isn't a trained fighter but the scene calls for a fight, how can you make the scene realistic? Author and trained fighter Carla Hoch has the answers for writers here.
Making Magic, Part 1: Defining and Selecting Magic Systems
In the first of a two-part series, WD editor Moriah Richard explains how magic systems exist on a spectrum and gives you some tips on selecting a system that works for you.