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.)
- Figure out a working title for my upcoming NaNoWriMo book. If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, look it up because it’s great fun and involves a huge writing community. (Check! Hag’s Hollow.)
- Read three books for research to learn about wilderness survival, animals in the wild, and witchcraft mythology. (In progress.)
- Watch five horror movies to analyze tropes, plot points, and pacing. (In progress. I watched The Ritual last night. Scary.)
- Read Word Painting by Patricia McClanahan, and work the exercises to become a better wordsmith.
- Write a brief synopsis of Hag’s Hollow.
- Develop a detailed outline during “Preptober,” the NaNoWriMo’s preparation month.
- Write the first draft of Hag’s Hollow in the month of November for NaNoWriMo.
- Become a supporting member of the Horror Writers Association on December 1, 2018.
- Weeks one and two of December: Work on editing the first novel I wrote this year, a practice novel called The Witch of the Manor House. It’s horrible. Is it salvageable?
- The rest of December: Take a break from writing and editing, and read three literary horror novels. I think they’re called “upmarket genre” nowadays.