If your revised manuscript still has the same events in the same order, then what was the point?

6 03 2017

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Custom-Jigsaw-Puzzle.jpgOkay, I think line-editing is great. Lines should be as information-dense, melodic, and insightful as possible, and you can’t get there without a lot of work. However, I don’t think a line edit is rarely the difference between selling and not selling, or pleasing and not pleasing your writer.

Too often I see people get a bunch of comments back on their manuscript, whether from editors or agents or other readers, and all they do in their revision is they shift the words around a little bit. For instance maybe the editor says, “I didn’t know why the character was doing this thing?” so the writer puts in a line where they explain why they’re doing that thing. Or people were like “Huh, this motivation felt weak” so they put in a few lines where the character is like, “I did this thing because I am angry, and I am…

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Writers: How Far Can You Fall And Live?

18 02 2017

http://mentalfloss.com/article/63088/how-far-can-you-fall-and-still-survive





Women in Horror Month

16 02 2017

NADIA BULKIN

Enter, you. You’re a writer. You’re a horror writer. You’re a woman.

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You go to see a new horror movie. It is filled with young ladies in peril, and then in various states of undress (still in peril), and then in various states of dissection (still in undress). The camera fawns over their destroyed bodies. The one who entered the movie broken gets to live. It’s the reward for her suffering. You come home disappointed. “Well, I could have told you it was going to be like that,” your male roommate says. “If there’s a half-naked girl in the trailer, you know the movie’s going to be rapey.”

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You are an ambassador of your gender, so you better be good: in your writing, in your attitude, in your openness to overture. Someone generous is taking a chance on you, so don’t disappoint, or you’re the last lady horror…

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Some Intriguing Horror Prose Reviews

12 02 2017

Prior to launching Horror Novel Reviews some four or five years ago I knew a slew of amazing authors. Talents like Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Dan Simmons, Robert McCammon, Joe Lansdale and Dean Koontz are kind of hard to miss. But what of the “little guys” – you know, the authors just beginning to hit […]

via The 10 Greatest Horror Authors I Discovered Through Horror Novel Reviews — Horror Novel Reviews





Writers: Finished My First Draft

7 02 2017

Felt a lot like this!

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This will be my fourth novel of 50K + words. What did I learn this go-around?

That Rachael Aron is right when she says “Write the fun parts first.” The writing was more enjoyable, smoother, and went faster than in past efforts.

That preparation does make a more enjoyable experience. Having files with descriptions, photos, maps, of key characters and locations helps to improvise in the rough spots.

Having a critique of the first third of the novel while writing the rest helped me finish. My writers’ group is enthusiastic about what they read and that enthusiasm carried me forward. They found parts that needed fixing and finding problems early kept them from becoming deeply entrenched and tougher to fix later.

Paying attention to this book helped me launch an appealing protagonist and create solid story beats.

So what’s the body count? One molester who pours molten silver on his genitals. An aspiring satanist embalmed alive overnight. A rock star whose soul is trapped in his LP’s entire pressing run. A possessed scientist shot dead. And a big surprise for the protagonist.

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Writers: Is Your Thief Enough Of A Rogue?

5 02 2017

PARIS — He is an accomplished acrobatic burglar, one referred to as “Spiderman.” But all Vjeran Tomic needed to break into this city’s Museum of Modern Art in spring 2010 and pull off a near-perfect heist were a few tools, a couple of plungers, pliers and a lucky star. Before dawn that day, he had…

via Who is the ‘Spider-man’ of Paris? An acrobat burglar who stole $112M in paintings from a museum — National Post – Top Stories





How to be a Horror Writer by Robert E. Dunn

1 02 2017

The blog has been a little quiet lately. I’ve been doing a lot of writing for others and having some health issues with family members that have taken up and continue to take up huge portions…

Source: How to be a Horror Writer by Robert E. Dunn








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