The Scribophile Writing Blog
by Ervin Anderson • 9 comments
The stories we love aren't always the kind we should be.
What you want to write isn’t always what you should be writing. I learned this lesson early, when I decided that I wanted to write horror novels. It seemed an easy choice. I loved to be scared, and lo...
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...
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