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Archive for October, 2009
by Brandon Nolta • 9 comments
When you're writing to scare, keep in mind which level of fear you're aiming for.
Revulsion. Horror. Terror. In his nonfiction genre overview Danse Macabre, Stephen King identified these as the three levels of emotion that horror fiction strives for, and I have yet to find a mo...
by Justin C. Key • 10 comments
Should we writers plan out our stories beforehand, or just let it flow?
Ever since reading Stephen King’s On Writing, I’ve been convinced that the best way to write for me is without a plan, to let the story unravel itself along the way. Even though I’ve been writing this...
by Ervin Anderson • 8 comments
Don't let rejection get you down. You're a writer, damn it! Write.
A few years back, I finished a novel, my first. Well, my first that wasn’t god-awful. The novel was based on my life: a coming-of-age story about pizza, drugs, first love, friendship and death. I had...
by Brandon Nolta • 3 comments
Doing NaNoWriMo might drive you crazy, but there are advantages to taking the plunge.
In a little more than a week, the National Novel Writing Month will fire up again, and thousands of lunatics all over the world will hunch over keyboards or notepads all month long, furiously scribbli...
by Justin C. Key • 4 comments
We're all busy people, but to be successful writers, we need to be successful readers.
As Stephen King once said if you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time to be a writer. It’s a really simple concept: for writers, reading is like our MBA program or medical school, and...
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