Building Horror early - This Story needs Fixing

I’m writing a horror short story with a fantasy background. It has a problem. Here are the opening two paragraphs:

Fair proud a lad I was, and bold, so when the healer sent me to look for the royal’s berry, “Crimson the fruit, and set upon a throne of three leaves, no more and […]

Meeting the Protagonist — This Story needs Fixing

It’s time to fix a story. Let’s look at this introductory chunk of a short story I wrote recently about a small man named Keg. […]

Writing a Short Horror Story

Unamed

Walk through your mind after dark, and find something to frighten your readers with. Some elements of writing an excellent horror story. […]

Dust

Warehouse sketch

Mindy Dawson, a delivery truck driver, inadvertently spreads a dusty trail of death through downtown Los Angeles. […]

Paint a Scene for your Reader

The author guides you through making a dull expository scene more engaging and interesting merely by killing a nice young man. […]

Gone Before

The sun glinted off a small object, tumbling slowly end over end. Maxwell breathed slowly, smoothly, and pushed away from the airlock with his legs. He saw in his rear view video feed the ship receding quickly. A moment watching this, and Maxwell whispered, “Select Ranged Target 122798, cross-hair image superimpose, forward feed.” Now […]

On Alien Biology and 'Hard Sci-Fi'

Monster credit Piolinfax – Image on Wikimedia Commons

I’m building a new species of monster. That means I’m making up stuff again. The squishy sort of stuff, things an autopsy, a scanning electron microscope, centrifuges, and spectrometers might be involved with if these monsters were real-world organisms.

Building a monster requires some science. It’s […]

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Blood and Guts and Brains

Photo: https://www.militarynewsnetwork.com/military-news/news1101.htm

Writing about those who stand in defense of their country is a challenge. If you’re close to your subject, if you’ve lived it, then you may have trouble stepping back to gain perspective. If you have never served, then you have to gain currency with terminology, basic tactical concepts, and may never […]

Timeless

Arthur Conan Doyle — A Study In Scarlet

What makes a work of fiction echo down the ages, relevant to all who read it?

How can you craft a story, or a book, or a script that will resonate cleanly to readers who come to your work after you have left the stage?

A […]