In our era of highly commercialized crime and thriller novels, it may seem like zeitgeist-defining horror books are a thing of the past. Indeed, Stephen King was once the perennial bestselling author in the world, and children in the 90s devoured Goosebumps books like The Blob devoured, well, everything. And the first step is learning how to write a horror story. The most important part of any horror story is naturally going to be its fear factor. That said, here are a few elements you can use to seriously scare the pants off your reader. Fears that have some sort of logical or biological foundation are often the most potent in horror.
How to Write a Short Story in 7 Simple Steps
Creative Story Writing Lesson for ESL Students
One of the things short story writers dread is writing a blurb for a collection. In this post we tell you how to write a book blurb for your short story collection. You showed up to the page. Not a word. Not one. I should be able to do this with ease. Pitching, selling, and persuading should be my stock in trade.
How to Write a Short Story
Here's something very few people realise: Writing news stories isn't particularly difficult. It does take practice and not everyone will be an expert but if you follow the guidelines below you should be able to create effective news items without too much stress. Any good news story provides answers to each of these questions. You must drill these into your brain and they must become second nature.
There are many reasons to learn how to write a great short story, even if you consider yourself a novelist first. Short stories present many publishing opportunities in journals and magazines. A short story can also be a testing ground where you work out the central themes, conflicts and characters you will use in a longer work.