5 Tips From Horror Authors: How to Scare the Heck Out of Your Readers

By Chaotic Chipmunk in Tips&Tricks,

Boo! It’s Halloween season! To celebrate the spookiest time of the year, we are sharing five tips from five masters of the horror genre, so you can learn how to scare the living bejeezus out of your readers.
Read on to find out Clive Barker’s, Stephen King’s and Thomas Harris’ methods of making stomachs sink.

H. P. Lovecraft
Famed for his cosmic horror, Lovecraft actually described his writing as Weird Fiction. People who study literature for a living bicker about the minutiae of the differences…

From Clay Tablets to the Word Processor: How Writing Tech Evolved Over Time

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

As daily users of text processors of all types, there’s an unbelievable amount of features and functions that we take for granted. Imagine your life without spellchecker. Now imagine typing without automatic line breaks. Now imagine typing, and not seeing the result immediately. It’s difficult to conceive from this point in time that all those things were once new and exciting features.
The evolution of writing technology is something we should take a step back and admire, not in the least because it’s humbling to take in all the advancements that came about before us. Here…

Three Things You Were Taught About Good Writing That Are Actually Wrong

By Chaotic Chipmunk in Tips&Tricks,

The first thing that happens when you get to college to get an English degree is that you’re told about descriptive and prescriptive approaches to linguistics, and then told to pick a side.
The issue between the two camps is the following question: what should govern standards in language? If you think it’s well-established rules and regulations, you’re a prescriptivist. You cringe and grumble when you see a split infinitive, and you complain about how no one cares about using the language right anymore. If you think the standard in language is its use by native…

Organizing a Huge Writing Project in Write!

By Chaotic Chipmunk in Tips&Tricks,

Working on a large writing project is a lot like juggling forty things at once. They’re all different shapes, weights and sizes, and, oh, one of them is a chainsaw. If you don’t establish a system that keeps track of and systematizes all your notes, research, outlines, chapter drafts, discarded bits you still like and might want to use later use later, motivational essays you’ve written for yourself and drafts of acceptance speeches you’re planning on giving, it can easily get out of hand.
The road to success is paved with organizational skills.
Luckily, Write!…

The Basic Guide to Editing Your Own Writing

By Chaotic Chipmunk in Tips&Tricks,

Editing is the most labor-intensive part of the writing process. It takes discipline, stamina, and the ability to divorce yourself from your writing. Rewriting is its more agonizing cousin, and takes all that and the fortitude to keep banging your head against the wall until the dent looks even.
It goes like this: go line by line through the entire thing, marking what you don’t like, then do it again, then rewrite, then edit again, and maybe after five cycles it’s ready to be shown to other people.
Is Rewriting Necessary?
The basic logic…

How to Overcome Self-Doubt: a Guide for Writers

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

What do lack of motivation, creative block and procrastination all have in common?
It’s all that’s needed to make a writer freeze up, and stop making things.

According to Charles Bukowski, doubting yourself is a good sign:


Now that sounds nice and validating, but don’t let it make you feel too good about not working. After all, it doesn’t matter how much of a good writer you are according to Bukowski — a good writer shows up to work, self-doubt be damned.

So how do you do…

8 Web Tools Any Type of Writer Can Benefit From Using

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

In the times before the advent of computers and the internet, writers had to rely purely on instinct and education to create their writing. The barrier for entry was huge, and the competition tiny. Nowadays, anyone who knows how to put together a sentence can be a writer. That’s not the only requirement, obviously, but you can’t discount the fact that anyone with a WordPress and the time to put “writer” in their Twitter bio is your competition.
So how do you stand out from the sea of non-skilled amateurs (especially if you yourself are an…

How to Remain Motivated While Getting Your Writing Rejected

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

“You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”
– Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury had amassed over 500 rejections before publishing his first short story. For him, as well as for many other writers, the path to success was not easy or straightforward. Even those as prolific, talented and overall brilliant as Bradbury will face rejection.
Still, that’s not the most comforting thought. Getting a break seems like an insurmountable problem until you get it. So how does one cope in the meantime? With no encouragement, the financial trouble that comes…

Should Writers Keep a Journal?

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

Do you keep a journal? Lots of writers do. They’re a great way to capture all the ideas you have with no pressure to make anything of them. Whenever you think of something potentially interesting or worth developing, just open up that notebook, and write it down. Is that so bad?
Well, if you’re writing part-time after you do your main job, journaling can take away time from making progress on your main project, essentially becoming a way to procrastinate while feeling productive. Is writing in a journal actually a worthwhile writing endeavor, or is it…

Feeling Unmotivated? Use These Quotes From Writers to Jolt You

By Laconic Lemming (Writer) in Tips&Tricks,

If you’re the type of writer who struggles to keep their motivation levels even, know you’re not alone. Even a prolific writer with lots to say and a million reasons to do it can be discouraged after a few bad days of writing. It’s as easy as being under the weather.

There’s no easy fix for this, but a motivational dose from a fellow writer can often do the trick. So why are you feeling unmotivated?

You’re Not Writing as Well as You Want To

Anyone’s first attempt at making anything is…

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