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Due to a multitude of reasons, I’ve decided to go on an indefinite hiatus. I don’t know when I’ll be back or if I even will. We shall see.
In case this is the last you hear from me on Posh, I would like to say thank you to all my followers and everyone who I’ve ever helped or who have ever helped me. You’ve all helped change me as a person, and I’ll forever be grateful for that.
My blog will remain open so anyone can take advantage of the resources I’ve created. I won’t be answering any more questions anymore, probably won’t even log onto this account. But as I said, only time will tell.
If anyone would like to talk to me, have any questions (and I mean any, I will gladly take roleplay or writing related questions), or just need a daily dose of Ginger, I will still be active on my roleplaying/personal blog, gingwrites.
It’s been a pleasure guys. Thanks again.
41 Flavors of Body Language for Writers (very nice guide/reference)
Reveal Character Through Body Language (a good quick reference with emotions and behaviors associated with them)
Non-Writing Specific Guides
Dimensions of Body Language (very extensive with pictures)
Body Language Index (lots of tables, resources, and terms. I highly recommend checking out this link)
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What is Horror? Horror is a genre with the intention of scaring the reader.
- Aliens: Think Signs or The Fourth Kind. This genre crosses over with science fiction, but is primarily horror because it focuses on the fear people have for the extraterrestrial.
- Creepy Children: As the title suggests, this genre features creepy children as the source or an element of horror.
- Cutting Edge: This genre breaks the stereotypes and expectations of horror. It can contain elements of several sub-genres.
- Dark Fantasy: This genre is a cross over between horror and fantasy. It has fantasy elements, but does not focus on them as heavily as the supernatural genre does.
- Erotic: This genre features an emphasis on sexual relationships, though it can be romantic relationships as well. However, neither of those relationships are pleasant within this genre.
- Extreme: This genre is basically the Saw series in book form. It’s gritty, graphic, and violent.
- Gothic: This used to be the name for the horror genre. This genre is not related to the goth fashion style. There are several forms of this genre (English, American, southern) that may involve romance or a sense of being “trapped”.
- Hauntings: As the name suggests, this genre involves someone or something being haunted.
- Holocaust: This genre is not exclusive to the event of the same name, but may include it. The holocaust genre contains mass deaths in the past, present, or future.
- Noir: This genre is often urban and gritty. The morality of noir is ambiguous and the tone is dark, cynical, and corrupt. Noir has a pessimistic style and voice.
- Paranormal: This is a softer version of the supernatural genre and is often romantic. Paranormal horror has a broad range of paranormal happenings and often refers to an event.
- Psychological: This genre has a protagonist that has his or her psyche tested and tormented. This genre warps the reader’s viewpoint.
- Quiet: A soft form of horror.
- Rampant Animals: This genre features animals as the source of fear. In an episode of South Park (although it’s comedy and not horror), giant rodents start roaming the earth in the style of the movie Cloverfield.
- Rampant Technology: Similar to rampant animals, but with technology.
- Satanic Deals: The protagonist in this genre makes a deal with the devil.
- Supernatural: This genre is bursting with vampire and werewolves, but involves ghosts, demons, and other creatures as well. The supernatural genre goes against the laws of nature.
- Suspense: Also known as thriller, this genre is as the name suggests. It focuses on a sense of impending fear, doom, or other horror elements.
- General Horror: 80k - 100k
- Some sub-genres will be shorter or longer depending on the audience or the sub-genre. For example, fantasy has one of the highest word counts for fiction, thus giving dark fantasy a word count on the high end.
Avoid overused horror settings. I’d add newly bought houses, any abandoned place, hotels, and small towns to that list. With overused settings comes predictions from the reader (that are often correct). For example, if the setting is in a castle, there is usually a secret passage or a forbidden place that just screams trouble to the reader. Settings like that take away the suspense and the excitement because the reader expects bad things to happen in those cliche places.
Here are some setting guidelines based on sub-genre:
- Aliens: Skip the small town and the farm if the aliens are abducting. It’s used in pretty much every alien abduction story.
- Hauntings: I think I speak for most people when I say I’m sick of a family moving into a new house only to discover it’s haunted. The only recent horror I can think of that used this setting and pulled it off wasAmerican Horror Story.
- Supernatural and Paranormal: Again, skip the small town filled with dozens of supernatural and paranormal beings. What are the odds that there are going to be vampires, witches, werewolves, and who knows what all in the same place for no reason at all?Now that you know which settings to avoid (unless you can really pull it off, and I mean really), try using a mundane setting. Put a twist on it. Make your readers afraid of something they used to see as bland. Surprise your reader and give them something fresh.More Tips:More Resources:
- Match the setting to the tone of the story. If the tone is gritty and concise, try a dilapidated urban setting.
- Make the setting work with the plot. In horror, there needs to be a reason for the setting.
- The horror element should ruin a once innocent setting. It should change the setting just as the plot changes the characters.
- Guide to Ghosts
- Genre Breakdown: Horror
- Horror Tropes
- Horror Plot Cliches
- 25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror
- What is Horror Fiction
- State of the Horror Genre
- Using Magic in Horror Fiction
- Intro to Horror Part 2 (Part 3)
- Getting the Best Out of Your Bad Guys
- The Line Between Horror and Dark Fantasy
- Links to Horror Writing Tips
- How to Write Today’s Horror
- 5 Elements of a Good Horror Story
- What Makes Horror Horrifying