Photo by Carolina Pimenta on Unsplash I’ve been working on ways to up the spooky factor in my scary scenes. One way, of course, is to make it dark. That’s human-basic. As little kids, when we have nightmares, we won’t go back to sleep unless the lights are on. As adults, when our cars break down, we’d much … Continue reading “It was dark.”
I set myself up with nine strategies to get me to the end of November with a NaNoWriMo win. (A “win” is writing a 50,000 word novel in a month.) These strategies are working so well I’m going to use as many as I can on my next writing project. I wrote down and broadcast … Continue reading How I Know I’m Gonna Win NaNoWriMo!
Jess Walter wrote and rewrote the first sentence of Beautiful Ruins “at least 500 times.”(1) It took Lance Marcum twelve hours to write the first sentence of The Cottonmouth Club.(2) First sentences are that important. In order to study what makes a good opening, I dug up some popular horror novels, some I haven't read … Continue reading First Sentences
I found a writers group in my area and slinked into my first meeting. Pfft, what was I so nervous about? They turned out to a helpful, experienced group of authors that welcomed me like an old friend. I went to my first meeting with little more than a NaNoWriMo outline, character sketches, and a … Continue reading A Writers Group
One of my October goals in preparation for NaNoWriMo is to write a synopsis for Hag’s Hollow. I’ve never written a synopsis. After sweating over it, I decided a first-try synopsis won't be perfect. I just need to give it a try in order to learn the process. I love Google. I found … Continue reading The Synopsis
I figure it'll be a long and challenging road to become a horror novelist. But like the Chinese philosopher said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Laozi Here are my beginning steps: Set up a writing blog. (Check, duh.) … Continue reading The Start