Recommended Articles on Writing, The Internet as the New Campfire, and just What is Gothic Literature?

Writing Stories: What Your Story Needs – Part 1 by Dianne E. Butts
“let me share some of the things I have learned about what a story needs to have. Even if these sound familiar, I’m sure I’ll say them in a different way and hopefully they will help you grow in your story telling, whether you’re writing fiction for print, writing for the screen, or even writing nonfiction that uses story-telling techniques.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, or a complete formula, of what a story needs. These are just four items I’ve seen that a story need to have in order to “succeed.””

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“In the sci-fi / fantasy genre, there are many spoken and unspoken rules of what makes a great book. I have picked my favourite 9 rules from the article: 10 Writing “Rules” We Wish More Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Would Break. I love that every example where they have broken the rule has produced a fantastic book. So, be brave writers!”

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10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them by Josh Bernoff

“There are plenty of folks happy to tell you how to write better, just as any doctor will tell you to “eat right and exercise.” But changing your writing (or eating) habits only happens when you understand why you do what you do. I can help you with that.”

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“BARE with me,” she said, going upstairs in the bungalow – and other signs that the author has lost the plot… by Lisa Scullard

“It takes a long time to write a book.

Seriously. Anything between three hours (going by what is currently being published on Kindle nowadays, and frightening all the ebook customers back into the paperback aisles of Waterstones) and sixty years.

At the end of the day – however long that working day has been – you hope that the author is the go-to expert on their work.”

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“Your novel never turns out the way you thought it would. Your characters are to blame, and there are only a few things you can do to cope.”

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25 Books Guaranteed to Make You a Better Writer by Emily Temple

“Whether you’re a fledgling scribbler or a seasoned one, there are a ton of books out there that will inspire you, guide you, and offer you sage advice that might just pop into your mind one cold November afternoon when you’re writing your novel and wondering why you can’t get this character to actually walk down the stairs. To help you sift through the masses, here are some of the best writers’ guide books, from collections of craft essays to nuts-and-bolts how-tos to collage/memoir/odes to creativity — all guaranteed to make you a better writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or whatever hybrid form you may choose..”

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A Modern Day Campfire: The New Way We Tell Ghost Stories by Alisha Gray

“Since the first Homo erectus discovered that sitting around a fire at night kept the darkness at bay, we have told tales of what we fear might be hovering just beyond the edges of the light.”

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What is Gothic Literature and why are we still obsessed with it by Sammy Evans

“I recently wrote a post on my ‘Top 5 Gothic Novels of All Time’. Whilst many of you liked the post, some of you disagreed that some of my chosen novels were Gothic. Others simply weren’t sure what the term ‘Gothic’ actually meant. Some of you also found the blog post interesting because you mainly thought of the Gothic as being restricted to nineteenth century literature. Well let me tell you, it is still very much alive and kicking!”

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