Masterplots Theater: G is for Gothic

Welcome back to Masterplots Theater!  We continue today with G is for Gothic. However, if you’re joining us for the first time, here are the masterplots we’ve covered so far: A is for Adventure B is for Buddy Love C is for Chosen One D is for Dystopia E is for Escape F is for …
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Horror Writing Round-Up

Robin told me that in about two weeks stores will shift from back-to-school specials to Halloween masks and décor, which I think is kind of wacky considering summer just started up here in Toronto. But fall is coming and some writers are shifting into Halloween mode too, especially if they are hoping to release a novella or short …
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4 Emotive Tools of Horror

I have begun outlining a horror story, something that has turned out to be so much fun that I wonder why it took me so long to seize this genre and make it my own. But better late than never! Last week I blogged about the one simple rule of writing horror. This week I’m …
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One Simple Rule of Writing Horror

I love scary stories! As a kid, I devoured every R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike and Lois Duncan on my small town library’s shelves. When the Scholastic Book Fair came to my school, I ordered more spine-tingling novels. I would read them under my covers with a flashlight, not for atmosphere but because I was supposed …
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How Writing Horror is like Writing Comedy

It’s almost Halloween! So here at Write On Sisters we’ve lined up a week of scary writing tips and tricks. I love scary stories. I grew up reading R.L Stine and Christopher Pike and Lois Duncan. I experienced the teen slasher flick revival that started with the movie SCREAM. I wanted to write my own …
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Releasing Your Inner Poe, Part Two.

Welcome to part two of Releasing Your Inner Poe. If you missed part one you can find it here. With fall rapidly approaching I’m hard at work on a few projects with dark gothic themes, but more on that in a future post. Since I’m struggling with the task of establishing the right balance of …
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Tips for Releasing Your Inner Poe

Gothic literature is delicious and deadly and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about it. It’s a literary form most people either love or hate. I fall in the love-it camp and I’m always hunting for great examples. I enjoy the old masters and finding new writers who rework the old tropes in fresh ways. …
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