I recently heard about a writer who was being sued for defamation by someone they knew. This writer had based a fictional character on a friend (or former friend) and the person took serious offence. Is it wrong to use real people in your writing?
How to Write Horror – Innovative Ideas for Horror Stories that Will Scare the SH*T Out of Anyone (writing project included)
You’ve studied the horror genre through all of the films you’ve watched and the books you’ve read. You understand the tropes and every horror idea that’s ever been written. So when you sit down to write, you think your own ideas are all so boring and predictable. You’ve seen it all before and so too have your would-be readers so why bother adding anything new to the genre when all the good horror ideas have already had the life sucked out of them?
How do you increase your creative output and become a better writer? Understand yourself. Understand your own creative mind. Understanding your particular style of creativity, what you are best able to create and how you are best able to do it is a critical step in increasing your creative capacity and your creative output and becoming a better writer.
Runners exercise for endurance and cardio-pulmonary health. Weight lifters exercise for strength. Writers exercise for a whole host of reasons, but have you ever considered what exercise might do for a writer’s most important...
There are a million and ten different ways to edit your writing, whether you’re writing a short story or a longer piece of fiction and even non-fiction. Typically, when I sit down to edit my writing, I’ll start with the general 10 percent rule on the first pass and then go from there to see what each individual piece needs. Sometimes it might be a complete rewrite. Sometimes (rarely!) it won’t need much more than a few structural tweaks and a spell check. Regardless of which editing process I use, there’s one tool I find I can’t do without when it comes to editing a story.
If you want to become a better writer, the usual advice is to write more. And I’m the first to agree. Writing begets writing and obviously, the more we write, the more we practice...
Twitter Fiction is a relatively new form of story writing where very short stories, 140 characters or less, are published on Twitter. In the last decade, Twitter Fiction has grown to become a celebrated short story form, even attracting its own Twitter Fiction literary festival and literary journal. So what exactly is it, and how do we write it?