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1st Law of Writing

The Most Important Rule of Writing?

Above the pearly gates in Writer’s Purgatory…

…there is a question painted gold, floating letters:

“What is the Most Important Rule of Writing?”

Ahead, a vaguely androgynous guardian stood over a marble lectern, scribbling in a book with gold-leafed pages.

When she saw me, a deep frown creased her otherwise flawless face.

She asked, “Do you have your answer?”

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No Rules in Writing

Why There Are No “Rules” in Writing

My favorite writers are rebels.

Most of them know the rules of writing… and break them anyway.

Look at these examples:

  • Isaac Asimov thrived on “info dumps”
    • Info dumps are supposed to be boring.
  • The Hunger Games starts with Katniss’s wake-up routine.
    • Don’t start with the wake-up. This is amateur writing 101!
  • Harry Potter doesn’t have a consistent point of view
    • Mr. Dursley takes up the first chapter… and we never get his POV again.

But all of them are breakout best sellers.

Which can only mean one thing…

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3 Vital Keys to Every Great Horror Story

The gate swings open.

Beyond the rusted iron bars, you see only darkness. A note lies at your feet.

Fresh, red ink reads:

“Dear Writer,

I know what you want:

The secrets to writing a truly great horror story.

Enter my domain, and you will have what you seek – but beware –

Enter softly, and enter alone. There are things in this place that are best left undisturbed…

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19 Current Resources for Horror Fiction Writers

Because of its long and bloody history, and its mass appeal, it’s not easy to break new ground in the Horror genre.

New horror writers must be aware of the numerous tropes, themes, and key storytelling elements that have haunted horror authors for centuries.

People want to read fresh new stories, not the same old tropes that have been beaten to death.

This is intended to be a resource guide for Horror Writers. With this you will know how to write terrifying stories that claw into the hearts (and brains) of your readers:

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Hemingway’s 7 Tricks to Immersive Dialogue

I missed out.

I never read Hemingway when I was young. I’m glad I fixed that, because I was missing out.

In Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants, you quickly become acquainted with his powerful use of subtext and rapid characterization.

In For Whom the Bell Tolls, you can watch the writer peel away the layers of his characters, and his world.

I picked up 7 powerful lessons on writing more immersive dialogue from Hemingway’s 20th Century masterpieces.

Let me show you what I’m talking about:

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