Great Articles and Resources to Help You Improve Your Writing

Here is another great selection of articles and writing resources to help plan and improve your writing, with several dedicated specifically to writing great horror. There is also an article addressing the question of whether you should quit blogging – is blogging dead?

Articles on planning your writing and creating flexible outlines:

4 Ways to Plan Your Writing by Jacqui Murray

“Few people can sit down and start writing. Most of us hem and haw as we mentally walk through how to get from introduction to conclusion. It’s called ‘prewriting’ and everyone does it. What differs is the method–what best suits our communication style?”

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7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story by K M Weiland via Writer’s Digest

“My experience has been that more often than not, those who swear they dislike outlines are thinking of them in the wrong ways. Outlines are not meant to trap you into preset ideas or sap your creativity before you start the first draft. Outlines are also definitely not meant to be lifeless Roman-numeral lists.”

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K M Weiland also provides a great list of resources on Helping Writers Become Authors:

“Today, I’m going to give you a whirlwind tour of the back-yard party that’s always going on here at Helping Writers Become Authors. Following are the top 10 goodies you may be missing out on.”

Find all the links here:


Infographic via K M Weiland’s Helping Writers Become Authors

A selection of guides by Carla Lee Suson, posted on Short Fiction Break, which focus on writing specific monsters and horror archetypes:

On Writing – Werewolves by Carla Lee Suson via Short Fiction Break

“Like the vampire archetype, the werebeast comes from ancient lore and spans across different cultures. Historically, werewolf stories dated back to 440 BC with tales of Herodotus and then later around 1 AD when Ovid talks about King Lycaeon angering Zeus who exacts his revenge by turning the monarch into a wolf. This story is also where the word lycanthropy comes from.”

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On Writing – Zombies by Carla Lee Suson via Short Fiction Break

“Made popular in movies, the walking dead archetype is a more recent invention as compared to other popular characters. Ghost stories are ancient and vampire tales date back to the Middle Ages, if not older. However, the idea of zombies emerged in the 1800s, with the first mention of the word occurs in 1819 in a book on the history of Brazil.”

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A series of articles on writing horror fiction by Michael Thomas-Knight at Parlor of Horror:

Horror Fiction Writer – Articles and Tips via Parlor of Horror

“During the past few years I’ve written several articles pertaining to writing fiction. The series of articles titled, “Do You Want to be a Horror Fiction Writer” deals with ideas, suggestions and tips for writing short story fiction.”

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Should You Quit Blogging by Mary Jaksch via Write to Done 

“from all my years of experience, I can confidently say that blogging is alive and well!

In fact, if you have the right guidance, it’s now even more of an opportunity than it was a few years ago.”

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I hope you find these links helpful, and have a great week!


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