For the last four years, like many people all over the world, I have given up my November to NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short is a month-long challenge where people try to write a 50,000-word short novel in 30 days. It’s ridiculously hard and stressful, but I love it. So this year, of course, I am going to be doing NaNoWriMo 2017. Even if I am starting off way late.
Horror is one of my favorite genres to read and write. But it is not something I would suggest someone else try writing without a bit of basic knowledge about the genre. A Horror 101.
Horror is a genre of emotion. Its readers go into a novel or a short story looking for something that makes turning out the lights scary. That gives them nightmares which keep them awake for days. And the way a writer does this is not by slapping some blood and guts into a story—gore isn’t scary by itself, its gross. But by, if they use gore, making it count.
You probably read the title of this post and did a double take. Maybe you thought, productivity in Fantasyville? Why is she trying to mix productivity and writing Fantasy? Those topics don’t go together.